Black nightshade aka 'Manathakkali', a cure to multiple diseases
Black nightshade is a plant that belongs to the family of brinjal. Known as 'Manathakkali', 'Mulakuthakkali' or 'Karinthakkali' in Malayalam, the plant has medicinal properties and is used to make delicious delicacies. It grows to a height of 4-5 feet.
Leaves and berries of black nightshade can be used to make curries and side dishes. The berries are also pickled and dried to make snack. It is a good source of iron, calcium, protein and other nutrients.
Black nightshade normally grows like weeds in the surroundings. Saplings are produced from its seeds. Within 30 days, saplings can be produced from seeds and replanted. It is cultivated on large scale in Tamil Nadu.
There are two different varieties of black nightshade. One of them turns red when ripe and the other turns black. The fruit is used as medicine for heart disease, liver disease, jaundice, rheumatic diseases, skin diseases and ulcer.
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