What IS a nightshade, anyway?

pepperTomatoes, pepper and eggplants are often collectively called nightshades … but why? According to The Internet (which is never wrong), “Nightshade is a plant with poisonous juices. A medication, belladona is derived from this species. Its derivation is from Old English – nihtscada (meaning: unrecorded night) perhaps because of its narcotic/poisoning effects.” I can assure you the narcotics we sell are the tastiest ones you can put in a salad or in a roasting pan. As for the poison? Well, we recommend leaving the stem and leaves for the compost heap. 28 varieties of tomato, 6 varieties of pepper and 4 varieties of eggplant. $3 each, 10 for $25.

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