Garden Huckleberry / Morelle / Μύρτιλο του Κήπου


Common Name: Garden Huckleberry / Morelle / Μύρτιλο του Κήπου

Scientific Name: Solanum melanocerasum


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: full sun

Soil type: well-drained soils of all types. pH: 6.0 – 7.0

Sowing in nursery: March

Direct Planting: April

Germination: 10 days after sowing ( 20 ºC)

Harvest: 180 days after sowing

Spacing: 15cm/40cm/1cm deep  


Flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Pollination: cross-pollinated by insects

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 4 years


Medicine: Antiperiodic;  Antiphlogistic;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Narcotic;  Purgative

The plant has been used in the manufacture of locally analgesic ointments and the juice of the fruit has been used as an analgesic for toothaches. The whole plant is antiperiodic, antiphlogistic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, febrifuge, narcotic, purgative and sedative. The leaves, stems and roots are used in the treatment of cancerous sores and wounds. Extracts of the plant are analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and vasodilator.

Known Hazards: The There is a lot of disagreement over whether or not the leaves or fruit of this plant are poisonous. Views vary from relatively poisonous to perfectly safe to eat. The plant is cultivated as a food crop, both for its fruit and its leaves, in some parts of the world and it is probably true to say that toxicity can vary considerably according to where the plant is grown and the cultivar that is being grown. The unripe fruit contains the highest concentration of toxins.