List of Nightshade Foods

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This plant family includes popular vegetables, poisonous plants, and drugs. An overview: potatoes, tomatoes, chili peppers, bell peppers, eggplant, tobacco, belladonna, and jimsonweed.

The plants in this family manufacture drug-like chemicals (of a kind called alkaloids) in their tissues--in the leaves, roots, flowers, and fruits. The most well-known of these alkaloids is nicotine.

America's favorite vegetables--potatoes, tomatoes, chili peppers--also contain drug-like alkaloids. They can cause pain or affect the central nervous system in some people. 

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List of Nightshade Foods
Family: Solanaceae

Foods in the same family are related.

A family is subdivided into genera (the plural of "genus.") Foods in the same genus are even more closely related.


Solanum Genus


Potatoes

Potato


Sweet potatoes and yams are not in the nightshade family.


Tomatoes

Tomato
Ketchup / Catsup sauce


Eggplant

Eggplant


Pepino dulce


Tamarillo / Tree tomato


Capsicum Genus


Bell Peppers

Bell peppers / Green peppers / Sweet peppers


Chili Peppers

Chili peppers / Hot peppers

Examples of varieties:
Anaheim
Ancho (dried Poblano)
Cascabel
Cayenne
Chipotle (smoked Jalapeño)
Fresno
Guajillo
Habañero
Jalapeño
Pasada
Pasilla
Pimiento / Pimento
Poblano
Serrano
Tabasco

Powder blends and sauces:
Chili powder
Paprika
Tabasco sauce

Curry powder - most contain chili pepper


Black pepper (the spice) is not in the nightshade family.


Physalis Genus


Goldenberry / Cape gooseberry / Inca berry


Tomatillos

Tomatillo


Lycium Genus


Dried Goji Berries

Goji berry / Wolfberry


Drugs and Poisons


Nicotiana Genus

Tobacco


Atropa Genus

Belladonna / Deadly nightshade


Datura Genus

Datura / Jimsonweed


Hyoscyamus Genus

Henbane


Mandragoa Genus

Mandrake







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