Nightshades

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Nightshades are a family of plants that include popular vegetables, poisonous plants, and recreational drugs. The plants in this family manufacture drug-like chemicals (of a kind called alkaloids) in their tissues.

In some people, nightshade foods cause pain and other ill effects.


The good and the bad of the popular vegetables. Read more.

These are the vegetables, peppers, spices, and berries. Read more.

What to do and some tips. Read more.

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Nightshade Family: Solanaceae

Here's an overview of the foods and drugs of the nightshade family, grouped by genus. Foods are more closely related when they are in the same genus.

For a full list of foods including the names of many peppers, see the full list of nightshade foods. For vegetables and spices that are not nightshades, search the list of vegetables.

Foods

Solanum
Potato, Tomato, Eggplant

Capsicum
Chili Peppers, Bell Pepper

Physalis
Tomatillo, Cape Gooseberry / Goldenberry

Lycium
Goji berry / Wolfberry

Drugs and Poisons

Nicotiana
Tobacco

Atropa
Belladonna / Deadly Nightshade

Datura
Datura / Jimsonweed

Hyoscyamus
Henbane

Mandragora
Mandrake






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