Cows Udder Titty Fruit Solanum Mammosum Seeds

Cows Udder Titty Fruit Solanum Mammosum Seeds

Packet of 15+ home grown organic seeds!

I get asked for this guy all the time, for several years actually, and I am very happy to finally have some seeds available.

Considered a lucky plant that will either bring prosperity or fertility or both, it really is unique and very rarely available here in Australia.
A relative of the eggplant, unfortunately this fella is a poisonous ornamental, not a food.
Think frangipani, not tomato.

Don’t let that stop you growing it though!
It looks super cool and is a real conversation starter.
The bright yellow fruit are not in any way photoshopped, that is really how they look.

Just like a cows udder, or a half inflated rubber glove, or mickey mouse, or a foxes face or if you really really squint a Chinese pagoda…
That leads me to the first common name, Wu dai tong tang or “Five generations living harmoniously under one roof”.

It is also know as apple of sodom, berinjela, breast berry, breastberry, cabeca de cabrito, canary eggplant, cows udder, cow’s udder, fox eggplant, fox face, horned eggplant, jua bravo, jurubeba do para, kanariyanasu, kitsunenasu, love apple, macawbush, macaw bush, mackaw bush, mickey mouse plant, nipple fruit, nipplefruit nightshade, nipple nightshade, nyun wenkibobi, peito de moca, pichichio, pig face, pigs ears, soresumba, terong susu, tit fruit, tit plant, titty fruit, tsunonasu, turkey berry, zombie apple, zombie fruit and it was also once know as Solanum globiferum, Solanum globiferum, Solanum mammosissimum, Solanum mammosissium, Solanum mammosum var. corniculum, Solanum platanifolium, Solanum platanifolium, and Solanum villosissimum.

Easy to grow but being a Solanum species it can take a anywhere from a week to a couple months to start popping up and the seedlings themselves have a fair bit of variation in them.
Some are spiky like Naranjilla, some have have sparse rose like thorns, and some have no spikes at all.
As they grow some lose or gain spines or thorns but by the time they are large and flowering they are no harder to deal with than your average rose bush with about half completely thornless.
Ga3 or Smoke treatment does speed germination if you don’t want to wait, but you will have to run those tests yourself as I accidentally deleted that data…

The fruit sliced and rubbed along surfaces like doorways and window frames will repel cockroaches because of the naturally occurring and toxic steroidal glycoalkaloids(but it may or may not also peel or stain your paint job at the same time…).

They are used as religious offerings and good luck charms in many parts of Asia, especially in New years celebrations, and in Japan they are very popular in Ikebana or cut flower type displays.

Being very high in sapanoids in some places the ripe fruit are used in place of soap and detergents for washing clothes, similar to the way soap nuts are used.

Keeping in mind that it is very very poisonous and this is not something I would ever recommend, but I did find a couple folks saying it can be cooked and eaten like a vegetable when it is unripe, providing calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B, and another way suggested was by boiling the whole fruit and drinking the juices once cooled.

Traditionally the roots, boiled with sour milk and grain are used as a treatment syphilis, the leaves are used as a poultice for piles, or as a tea for digestion issues, or just applied to fungal skin conditions like ring worm, or even consumed as a narcotic.
I will pass on all of that and I very strongly suggest you do too.

It’s a great ornamental species, way better than a boring old rose bush in my humble opinion.

One other thing I noticed is that it seems to reliably kill rats that mistake the fruit for my eggplant and tomatoes.
Couple little chew marks on the fruit and I find the buggers dead on the lawn a couple days later.
Very handy!

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems no nasties no problems!!!

Transylvanian Porcupine Zombie Tomato Solanum Pyracathum Seeds

Transylvanian Porcupine Zombie Tomato Solanum Pyracathum Seeds

Packet of 20+ seeds of this very spiky angry looking bastard!

I’m a big fan of Solanum, and a very big fan of this one in particular.
If you like the look of spiny spiky plants, are a fan of cacti, or just want something very rare, then this fella may be right up your alley.

It has quite large purple flowers that form in bunches, followed by cherry tomato sized, clear golden tinged fruit.
Unlike the Edible Naranjilla Fruit this one has very poisonous fruit and though they do look pretty they are definitely NOT FOOD!

I did a heap of research but couldn’t fine any information about the exact chemical composition.
I assume tropane alkaloids and the Solanine levels must be high like in green potatoes and Kangaroo Apple, but there must be other things at work too?

What I can tell you is that we had a few dramas with imported pest rats chewing their way into the greenhouse and running amuck during the recent dry.
As soon as the dam dried out completely they all headed to my greenhouse for moisture and food.

That stopped completely once these guys fruited.

As far as I can tell after destroying pretty much all my rare valuable plants, and chewing the stems, ring barking everything else, ~dozen ripe fruit were taken away and eaten by them.
Two nights later 3 or 4 more immature fruit were nibbled while still green but left on the plants, and the combination must have rolled them as we haven’t seen even one live one since then.
I did find two huge dead ones in the grass outside about a week later, but I found them by smell so it’s hard to say 100% for sure what killed them but my strong suspicion is this fella…

Wasn’t planned, but I definitely didn’t lose any sleep over it, and now I have a big healthy plant at each end of the greenhouse at all times, just in case the destructive little buggers ever return.

The main attractive feature is the large leaves covered in massive orange tipped spines and everything about it screams “I’m Very Poisonous, Don’t Touch!!

I originally got it in trade as Transylvanian Tomato and was told it was used as a poison and in magic rituals from that region.
I have also seen it sold overseas Porcupine Tomato and it is known as Solanum pyracanthos, Solanum runcinatum, Solanum pyracantha and Solanum haematocarpum.

In the US and parts of Europe it is marketed as a “Zombie plant” because of its aggressive looks, and the fact it dies off in cold weather and frost, only to return again when conditions improve.

Makes a great intruder proof hedge in warm climates and provided you cut off the flower bunches as they fade it makes the plants bush out nicely and prevents seeds forming at the same time.
If allowed to mature the seeds dry in the fruit, and the fruit remain attached to the plant so if they drop it’s only around the mother plants meaning lower weed potential than many other related species.

Growing them is easy, but PLEASE pay attention folks!
This is a very undomesticated, wild Solanum species.
That gives it great a germination % of pretty much 80-100% every single time.
BUT, it also means the time it takes varies greatly dependent on your local weather and climatic conditions.
The germination will often be staggered and erratic as this is a survival mechanism of the plant.

You may plant them and have the whole lot come up in a week. Happened more than once with me.
You may plant them and have one pop every week. The most common situation in my experience.
You may plant them and have a couple come up now, then nothing for 6months, then the rest all come up then, normally just after a frost or heavy rain.
You may plant them and think you failed and a full year later they all come up for no real reason you can see.
That has happened to me too, but after more than 7years of growing this species I have never ever had a batch of seeds fail to germinate, eventually.

That said I can not predict germination times with this guy, but I can say with a sandy well draining soil in full or partial sun, in a warm climate, they should come up at about ~90% eventually.
As to when, I’ve got no idea so not much point asking me.

I can tell you that Gibberellic Acid-3 lowers the % a lot, down to about ~60%, but it speeds up and standardizes the germination time a lot too.
Generally it takes 1-5weeks with a 500-1000ppm GA3 soak before planting, but again it is still variable and dependent on local conditions.

That’s everything I know folks, but if you have any more information about this species, especially about traditional uses or exact chemical composition I would love to hear from you.
Shoot me a message via the contact form which is at the top of every page on the website(double checking your email address is correct before sending).

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent.

Sensible, responsible folks only please. I like the quiet life, I don’t need dramas. 🙂

Red Eggplant Solanum Melogena Seeds

Red Eggplant Solanum Melogena Seeds

Red Eggplant Solanum Melogena Seeds

Packet of 50+ seeds from this little beauty!

It’s a largish bushy plant of about 1.5meters high and 50cm wide that just gets covered with avocado sized red fruit. Bright red, really shiny and they look super cool.

Not only that they taste really good!

There are a couple red/orange ones available out there with the “long red” and “orange egg” being most common. They are cool looking fruit too, but it can be a bit bitter, especially if you don’t keep up the water to them. We were growing them both for a while as a curiosity but gave up because of the poor quality flavor, and the need for constant watering.

This fella is the Brazilian “Vermelho round” and I originally got the seeds in barter from you guessed it, Brazil. The flavour is really good, never bitter and I would have to say probably better than the larger blacks.

Quite a surprise really, and I am sure it will be a regular addition to our planting schedule.

They hang ripe for a really long time, the king parrots didn’t eat them but ate the cherry tomatoes next to them, and they didn’t get hit by fruit fly at all, which is another major bonus. The latest planting got a 60% strike rate after 4weeks, even in the current freezing weather, and I reckon the rest will come up in the next month or so when it warms up a bit.

Gotta say, its an awesome breed and I truly recommend them. Just for the looks and ease of care alone they are worth having, but when you add the long storage, small manageable size, and great flavour, well yeah, you better buy some I reckon!

Organically grown by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

Kangaroo Apple Rainforest Type Solanum Aviculare Seeds

Kangaroo Apple Rainforest Type Solanum Aviculare Seeds

Packet of 200+ home grown seeds!

Famous all over the world this fella is normally found all up the southern and eastern sides of Australia, Papua New Guinea, SE Asia, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, the Kermadecs and New Zealand.

It has been introduced commercially cultivated and studied as a medicinal crop in India, Egypt, Russia, and many other countries since way back in the early 60’s.
The main commercial interest is due to the large amounts of steroids produced in the plant matter and especially the new growth.

Traditionally these steroidal components were used by Australian Aboriginals as a contraceptive, and that is where the majority of research lies today.

The plant itself is quite pretty and very easy to grow, and that has lead to a booming nursery trade, not just here, but overseas too.
In some places it has even become a bit weedy so keep an eye on it, make sure they don’t get away from you.

The fruit are considered “edible” by most folks, but MUST only be eaten when fully ripe and soft, having turned orange to red in colour.
They must must never be eaten by pregnant women, and only ever in an emergency, and even then only in moderation.

The taste is good, kinda like a sweet yet quite spicy tamarillo.
I like them.
The fully ripe fruit can be dried and stored for later and make a decent garnish or addition to porridge or grain mash.
Unripe, green or still firm fruit contain toxic alkaloids and often cause a strong burning sensation in the throat which lasts for ages and is really not a lot of fun.
Very unsettling, and something you only really want to experience the once…

I consider them an emergency food, not really something for the fruit bowl or part of the regular diet, but due to the beauty and ease of growth they are well worth having in the collection.

The parrots love them as do the bees and apart from the odd aphid they never really have insect issues.
As they are relatively insect pest free I have it on the list as a potential insecticide or bug spray, but at this stage I haven’t got around to running any trials.

They grow into a large bush a couple meters wide and high if left to their own devices, but here at home I just hack the top off with a cane knife at about a meter, then again at a meter and a half when they reshoot.
They get nice and dense then, staying a manageable size and get way more flowers and fruit.
Lovely as an ornamental.

Traditionally known as gunyang, koonyang, mayakitch, meakitch, mookitch, New Zealand nightshade, nightshade, poroporo, poroporo and often misidentified as Solanum laciniatum which is very visually similar but has bigger seeds and lighter coloured fruit.
This plant was also once known by the synonyms Solanum aviculare var. acutifolium, Solanum aviculare var. aviculare, Solanum aviculare var. brisbanense, Solanum aviculare var. grandiflorum, Solanum aviculare var. grandifolium, Solanum aviculare var. hybridum, Solanum aviculare var. patulum, Solanum aviculare var. typicum, Solanum brisbanense, but we just call it Kangaroo Apple, as do most folks here in Australia.

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

African Nightshade Solanum Scabrum CF Seeds

African Nightshade Solanum Scabrum CF Seeds

Packet of 50+ home grown seeds!

Pay attention to this bit folks, it’s very important.
I am selling this species as an ornamental with an interesting history only.
I do not suggest or recommend you eat it, and if you do anyway despite me strongly suggesting you don’t, then any negative consequences to your actions will be your own.

This species is known to contain glycoalkaloid solanine, solanidine and other toxic alkaloids that can make you really crook.
The effect of ingesting a toxic amount normally starts with violent vomiting and diarrhea, followed by liver damage, mental confusion, dizziness, inability to speak, blindness and loss of consciousness.
Potentially deadly especially in large amounts, and having made myself violently ill a few times from other closely related species I am a bit wary with the whole Solanum mob these days, especially rare or uncommonly available forms like this fella.

Everyone read that? Interesting ornamental, not a salad.
Cool, I’ll move on then..

This interesting Solanum Species is a cultivated form of Solanum scabrum from Africa and it has huge berries and quite thick “edible” leaves.

These huge berries have been developed for dye production not as a food.
They are at least 3x bigger that the common Solanum nigrum forms found as a weed here in Australia.
They contain large amounts of naturally occurring anthocyanins and these are the same chemicals common in things like blue berries that are said to hold potential in cancer prevention.
The mix of other more toxic alkaloids makes eating these berries raw a very bad idea, and eating them cooked too risky in my opinion.

This form is cultivated for its leaves.
They are are used as a leaf vegetable on a massive scale all through Africa and they are known as black nightshade, garden huckleberry, morelle de Guinee, brede martin, creve-chien, morelle noire, hierba mora, llague, pintamora, or tomatitos.
There is massive amount of confusion within the Solanum Genus so they are also sometimes incorrectly known as Solanum intrusum, Solanum melanocerasum, Solanum nigrum guineense, Solanum nodiflorum and Solanum oleraceum too.

It is the most intensively cultivated leaf crop within the Solanum nigrum complex, and it is cultivated as a food and dye crop all through Asia, tropical Africa, South Pacific, North America, and the Caribbean.

I am told that it is very nutritious with just 100grams of leaves containing 87.8grams water, 163 kJ(39 kcal) energy, 3.2grams protein, 1 gram of fat, 6.4 grams carbohydrate, 2.2grams fibre, Calcium 200 mg, Phosphorus 54 mg, Iron 0.3 mg, β-carotene 3.7 mg, 24 mg Vitamin C along with Vitamin A, Iodine and Zinc.

It also contains an unknown level of toxic components.
Heat does NOT effect the toxicity in any great way, despite what other “expert” folks may tell you.
It is the leaching effect, the change of water in between, that dissolves and then removes the toxic chemicals from the leaves and shoots when boiled as a vegetable.
I would eat them twice boiled if SHTF, no dramas, but even so it would be way way down at the bottom of my list.
Things would have to be very very bad by then and I really hope I am never in that situation.

As a medicinal species traditional uses include leaf juices to treat diarrhea, eye infections and jaundice.
The raw fruit is eaten to treat stomach ulcers or stomach pain and whole plant infusions are rubbed onto the gums of children with crooked teeth.
None of which I recommend in any way.

I personally grow it because it’s cool, it’s very rare here in Australia, and because diversity of species is really important in case of plant disease outbreaks or dramatic climatic changes.
Both of which are becoming more common occurrences every day.

It’s easy to grow but like most Solanum species has a high level of dormancy meaning they take anywhere from a week to a few months to germinate for me here.

If you are in a hurry then GA3 is super effective for me here in my trials.
In one trial a 24hr soak in a weak GA3 solution gave me 70% germination in just ~3days!

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

Pepino Melon Pear Solanum Muricatum Seeds

Pepino Melon Pear Solanum Muricatum Seeds

Packet of 25+ seeds from another real beauty!

Fruits nearly constantly if I keep the water up to it.
Unfortunately I generally can’t so most of the fruit I eat happen during the wetseason.
During the dry time it doesn’t do much and sits pretty much dormant waiting for rain. Because it’s growth stalls, it handles the dry and drought really well.

It’s a member of the Solanum Genus just like tomatoes and eggplants, and the fruit’s texture is just like a combination of both.

It has thin edible skin like an apple or pear.
Except it has an awesome juicy sweet tropical fruit taste.

The taste is completely different to anything you have tried before, and if you have never tried them I really urge you to have a crack.
I would say they are really sweet and “melony”.
The closest I can come up with is rockmelon, pawpaw and nectarine crossed??

That’s not really a good description, but they are so unique that’s about the best I can do.
Trust me, they are bloody awesome!

Beautiful creamy golden skin with vivid purple stripes, bright yellow flesh and very few seeds.
The seeds are super small and edible as is the whole fruit.

The only reason I don’t sell them all year round is my greedy love of them, removing the seeds is tedious, our severe lack of water, and the local wildlife smash the majority.

But in the hot wet times like now, there are heaps of fruit, enough for me and all the critters so I can spare a few.
Not many though!

Treat them like a small bushy tomato and you can’t go wrong.
Bit of water and a handful of compost or manure every few months.
Perfect for tubs and pots, they are one of the very few “melons” that will fruit consistently in such cramped conditions.

This variety grows really well from seed or cuttings and has no major pest or diseases.
Seed germination takes a month or two normally but I have had the odd ones pop up in just a fortnight.
Some cultivars can be really hammered by scale and aphids(especially the seedless), but this one gets left alone and is a lot tougher all round.
Minor frosts and drought and it still keep on pushing out the odd fruit. Consistent rain or occasional watering and you get bucketfuls!

That’s about it?

Awesome looking and delicious little melons that grow on a little bush that does great in pots.
Highly recommended addition to any garden or windowsill!

Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!