Cow's Udder Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Collinsville, In
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Question by KarinaJensen
May 9, 2000
I have a plant that I only know as "cows udder plant." I would like to know if the fruit it bears is edible and, if it is, do you eat it raw or cooked?

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2000
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According to the following web page called "Curious Plants for Kids," the fruits of this plant are poisonous and should NOT be eaten.

From the above web page: "Cow's Udder (Solanum mammosum) grows over 1m (3') tall in most frost-free areas of Australia. It produces small white flowers, followed by fascinating orange or yellow waxy fruit resembling the udder of a cow. Although the Solanaceae contains food plants like the tomato and potato, it is a particularly poisonous plant group, so plants like cow's udder plant must not be eaten. Fruiting branches of cow's udder plant are very fashionable used in cut-flower arrangements, and are long lasting."

I found one source for this unusual plant: Flowery Branch Seed Company, Telephone 770-536-8380

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