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.
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.
Potato, Tomato, Eggplant
Chili Peppers, Bell Pepper
Tomatillo, Cape Gooseberry / Goldenberry
Goji berry / Wolfberry
Drugs and Poisons
Belladonna / Deadly Nightshade
Datura / Jimsonweed
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