Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Russian roulette of plant families: Solanum

I have been strangely drawn to the Solanaceae family of late. I'm weeding out the Nightshade, feeding my tomatoes the liquid from my worm bins. waiting for my Datura and Brugmansia to open, watching in wonder as my Pumpkin-on-a-Sticks and Tomatillos develop. I'm Googling the mystery Solanum I got from Ted's Greenhouse...I hope my Nictotiana sylvestris seeds out everywhere and I have 3 trillion of them next year... AND I harvested some of my very own potatoes! These plants, including more- and more you see every day- are all in the same family and some could literally kill you and some go on a nice BLT and become your fries to go with that BLT...
How can this family have such poisons and scumptious yummies in it? Apparently it has to do with the level of alkaloids each plant has in it... which is where I start to lose interest and go pick me some Solanums and sit in front of the TV... where I can be a couch Solanum... You knew it was coming...
Pumpkin on a Stick