Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday Yellow: ABC U for Udder/Solanum mammosum/ Nipplefruit,

Solanum mammosum is commonly known as Nipplefruit, or Cow's udder.

The distal end of the fruit's resemblance to a human breast, while the proximal end looks like a cow's udder

It is an annual or tender perennial plant in the Solanaceae family, part of the Solanum or nightshade genus, and a relative of the tomato and potato. This poisonous fruit is native to South America, but has been naturalized in the Greater Antilles, Central America and Caribbean.

In Chinese culture it is known as five fingered eggplant(五指茄). In Japan it is known as Fox Face.

It is poisonous, but I was at a local market in Sarawak when I saw them being sold. This photo was taken at the Winter garden of the Auckland Domain.


Stay mellow with yellow!



Lina Gustina said...

Very interesting fruits!


Liz said...

First time I've seen and heard of nipple fruit. Thanks for sharing. Have a fabulous week!

Liz (mlc)

Kim, USA said...

Same here my first time to hear nipple fruit. Very interesting they said it is poisonous while others eat it. ^_^


Rajesh said...

Good to know about this fruit.

Kate said...

Makes me wonder why people buy them; hopefully not to eat or garnish food. An UNUSUAL plant. Kate, ABC Team

Roger Owen Green said...

That is udderly interesting.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Why would they sell it if it's poison? Maybe it isn't really; some people used to think tomatoes and eggplants (the purple ordinary kind) were poison.

A very interesting fruit --

Chubskulit Rose said...

I have never seen that kind of fruit.

Universal Wrap
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team