Solanum aethiopicum L. is a delicacy in the Eastern part of Nigeria. The immature fruits of Solanum aethiopicum L. are used as cooked vegetables in stews and sometimes eaten raw. The leaves and shoots are used as cooked vegetables. Igbo people of South-Eastern Nigeria traditionally welcome visitors by offering the fruits. The leaves are eaten as leafy vegetables and are actually more nutritious than the fruit. The fruits are usually harvested while still green, before the skin becomes thick. They are picked from the same plants that provide the fruit or form special leafy cultivars. Fruits of bitter cultivars are used as medicine in many African countries. Medicinal applications include the use of the roots and fruits as a carminative and sedative, and to treat coelic problems and high blood pressure, leaf juice as a sedative to treat uterine complaints, an alcoholic extract of leaves as a sedative, anti-emetic and to treat tetanus after abortion, and crushed and macerated fruits as an enema.
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Citation: Ibiam OFA, Nwigwe I (2013) The Effect of Fungi Associated with Leaf Blight of Solanum aethiopicum L. in the Field on the Nutrient and Phytochemical Composition of the Leaves and Fruits of the Plant. J Plant Pathol Microb 4: 191
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