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Jerusalem Madeira Cherry Solanum Pseudocapsicum Seeds
Packet of 40+ freshly harvested seeds!
I originally got this fella from the local markets and was told it was an edible cherry cross capsicum. It tasted great and I ate a heap on the way home and proudly repotted it.
Several weeks later I saw the same plants again so I bought a couple more and discussed with the seller how great they are, and was told they and all their family had been eating them since they were little kids, and Granny grows heaps of them…
I had a look around online, but it took me quite a while to track down that they were not a Capsicum at all. They are a Solanum and they are said by most sources to be quite toxic!
Apparently goats can eat them, but cattle, pigs, sheep, humans and parrots and their relatives have all been poisoned by them over the years!
Jerusalem Cherry’s poison is primarily solanocapsine, which is similar to other alkaloids like solanine and atropine. Although the toxin is poisonous, it is generally not life-threatening and the nausea and vomiting a toxic dose produces, removes most of the danger of lasting effects. It was once called “Solanum Ipecacuanha” or “Ipecac Nightshade” for the same reason, as there is a pretty reliable purgative effect from eating lots.
That said, it can cause cardiovascular dysfunction, abdominal pain, vomiting, slow pulse, low blood pressure, headache, hallucinations, dilated pupils, drowsiness, diarrhea, delirium, listlessness, agitation, excitement, and may even cause coma and blindness if eaten in large enough quantities, so yeah, I don’t recommend anyone eat it, EVER!
I am only selling it as a very attractive ornamental, and I highly recommend you keep out of reach of kids and pets.
Despite me eating a couple bowl fulls with no effects at all, and Granny and her kin eating them unharmed for years(as have quite a few other folks), they do pose a real documented risk. Kids and pets have been hospitalised in the past. I have even found a few unsubstantiated reports of deaths.
The fact they look good and taste like a moist delicious sundried capsicum increases the risks so be sensible folks. I don’t want any dramas so let me say again. Ornamental plant not dinner!
Here is a recent study I found>>> Jerusalem-cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) is an indoor ornamental grown for its colorful berries. This plant contains an alkaloid, solanocapsine, that is related to solanine. Experiments have shown that the chemical can cause death, although it is unlikely because oral absorption of the toxin is minimal. Experiments with cats and rats have shown that oral ingesting leaves and berries has not caused severe symptoms. By extrapolation, children or family pets that ingest moderate amounts of leaf or berry material may experience mild gastroenteritis and vomiting (Der Marderosian et al. 1976, Spoerke and Smolinske 1990).
Often used as mini Christmas trees for table decorations as they look like they are covered in red baubles for most of the year.
Very attractive little plant and I reckon it would be at home in just about any garden.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!