Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Nipple Fruit

Nipple Fruit Solanum mammosum
a.k.a. Titty Fruit, Cow's Udder, Apple of Sodom

Usually grown as an ornamental for its unique fruits. In Borneo, the plant is used for medicinal properties. The juice of the fruit shows some detergent activity and can be used for washing clothing.

So in Sarawak, in the local market place, you can see native women selling the fruits.

***This is taken in the Winter garden of the Auckland domain.****

3-5" bright yellow orange fruit grown as an ornamental, for its odd shape. Fruits are poisonous if ingested.

Description: Small shrubby perennial that can be grown as an annual. The nipple fruit is related to the naranjilla and tomato, and the plant looks similar. Large velvety leaves have purple veins and furry hair, along with prominent spikes. The branches and stems are also dotted with firm thorns. Bushy shrub to 3-6ft. The pink-purple flowers develop during spring and are followed by the waxy, yellow colored fruit ripening a few months later. Fruits are fleshy, poisonous, and contain several seeds.


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