Huckleberry Seeds - Solanum - Otricoli Orange Berry
- Seed Count: 50 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 70-80 Days from Planting
- Plant Type: Bushy, Ornamental
- Berry Color: Vibrant Orange
- Native Region: Africa
- Scientific Name: Solanum villosum
- Culinary Uses: Edible Berries, Used in Jams and Sauces
- Special Note: Avoid consumption of unripe green berries
The Otricoli Orange Berry, scientifically known as Solanum villosum, is an African native that has traveled continents and found a place in gardens worldwide. Its vivid orange berries, set against dark green foliage, have been a source of both culinary and ornamental delight. In its native African regions, it has been used for generations not just as an attractive garden plant, but also for its edible berries, which are incorporated into various traditional dishes.
While the Otricoli Orange Berry is often grown for its aesthetic appeal, the ripe orange berries are edible and used in a variety of culinary applications. They are most commonly used in making jams, jellies, and sauces, offering a unique flavor profile. It's important to note that the unripe green berries should not be consumed, as they can be toxic.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions:
This plant exhibits a bushy growth habit and can be cultivated in well-drained soil under full sun to partial shade. It's advisable to sow the seeds after the last frost date in your area. The plant requires regular watering, especially during dry periods, to maintain healthy growth. As a hardy species, it adapts well to various climatic conditions, making it suitable for diverse gardens. The berries typically mature to their characteristic orange color, signaling the right time for harvest.