The Nightshade Family

Meet the plant family which contains friends and enemies.


The friends of man

Nightshade vegetables are part of the plant family Solanaceae. Nightshades contain a glycoalkaloid called solanine (see where the family name comes from?), which is toxic in high concentrations. The nightshades generate many glycoalkaloids which act as the plant’s first line…



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Joseph Liebreich

Been writing articles here and there for 15 years. I like to write about a variety of topics.