EPPO Global Database

Solanum scabrum(SOLSC)

Code created in: 2015-08-16

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: SOLSC
  • Preferred name: Solanum scabrum
  • Authority: Miller


West Africa. Of uncertain origin, this species is cultivated in Africa as a vegetable for its leaves and fruits. Introduced as a vegetable in some European  countries, and also particularly in USA where it is known as "garden huckleberry".  Referred to by some authors as a form of S. nigrum. The American forms are selected cultivars grown for fruit production. "Huckleberries " are native American species of the Ericaceous genera Vaccinium and Gaylussacia, so the use of this common name for S. scabrum is confusing. 

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Solanum guineense Miller
Solanum melanocerasum Allioni

Common names
Name Language
garden huckleberry English (US)
kerti ebszőlő Hungarian
lilek borůvkovitý Czech