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  • GR012
  • Solanum melanocerasum. Not actually a tomato but a solanum cousin. Collected from Piedras Verdes, a Mayo community in Sonora, Mexico. Commonly called the garden huckleberry, the leaves are cooked (do not eat raw!) and the little black berries are edible and tasty. Delicious for pies, jellies, and jams but do require more sweeteners than other berries. Berries are 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter and produce abundantly over a long season. Do not eat unripe green berries, and do not eat raw in large quantities.  Berries are fully ripe when they turn from shiny to dull, a few weeks after first turning black.  Originated in the tropics of western Africa. From our Seed Bank Collection.

    • Approx. 350 seeds (0.1 g).
    • Limit 3 packets.
  • $3.95

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Silvia M
Self sowing

I planted once and they come back each season among the other plants. Here in the low desert they seem to germinate in fall. By late spring they do attract spider mites so watch out for those. Birds relish the fruit so you may need to cover some to get any to harvest. Tasty berries are good in baked goods or seep in vodka a few weeks for a beautiful cocktail.

Susan Rutman

I got some chichiquelite from a friend and at first thought it was great. Easy to grow and the fruits are delicious. But now I know that it escapes the garden setting and is invading wildlands. I was surprised to find it in the flood zone of the Santa Cruz River near Ina, nowhere near anyone's garden. Please consider NOT growing this in your garden. Native Seed/Search: Please discontinue selling the seed!

Tracy Rhodes
Chichiquelite Success

It was so interesting to grow these out this year after getting seedlings from Vilardi Gardens. I love their blueberry-tomato taste, and they're so prolific and easy to grow. I'm going to make a sugar syrup out of the berries. It'll be fun to offer people Nightshade Syrup in their cocktail or on ice cream and assure them that I'm not trying to poison them. ;-)

Davilyn Eversz
Lovely for the high desert

I have grown these for years....they are a perfect drought resistant plant. I grow them in the ground and in pots. Totally carefree plant, takes little water and provides sweet berries for me, the birds and the chickens. Although they say the leaves are toxic uncooked, the chickens eat them off the plant and never seem to be bothered. They are whitefly and spider mite magnets however and need protection. I have them inside insect net bought from greenhouse megastore.


While tiny,these berries are delicious!!!