Turkey berry Facts

Turkey Berries also known as  Cherry Eggplant, Devil’s Fig, Green-Fruited Pea Eggplant, Gully Bean, Pea Aubergine, Pea Eggplant, Plate Brush and many other names can be found in India, Africa, China, Thailand, The Caribbean, South America, Indonesia, Florida, Alabama, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico and other places in US and the world. In Jamaica this berry is called susumba. It grows wonderfully in full sunlight and light shade. It cannot survive under closed forest areas. This plant is seen on vacant lands, roadsides, pastures, river banks, and other such areas. Flowering and fruiting starts after the plant reaches a height of 1.5 m. Turkey berry reaches a height of 1.5 m during the year and dies after 2 years.

Name Turkey berry
Scientific Name Solanum torvum
Native Central and South America
Common/English Name Cherry Eggplant, Devil’s Fig, Green-Fruited Pea Eggplant, Gully Bean, Pea Aubergine, Pea Eggplant, Plate Brush, Susumba, Susumber, Thai Pea Eggplant, Thai Cultivated Nightshade, Thornapple, Turkey Berry, Water Nightshade, Wild Eggplant.
Name in Other Languages Fijian : Kaisurisuri
Papua New Guinea : Podopodo Kai Ra T Aba Rau
Bangladesh : Gotha Begun
Vietnam : Cà Dai Hoa Trang
Brazil : Jurubeba ( Portuguese )
Philippines : Taogotan
Tongan : Tisaipale
Burmese : Hkawhkam-Kaju
Portuguese : Bellangère Bâtarde
Japanese : Suzume Nasubi
Danish : Ærtenatskygge
French : Aubergine Sauvage Épineuse
Laotian : Kh’èèngz Faaz
Puerto Rico : Berenjena Cimarrona
German : Teufels-Nachtschatten
Saint Lucia : Béléjenn Djab
Yapese : Rawelnagafi
Guatemala : Güis
Indonesia : Pokak
Thailand : Makhua-Phuang
China : Dian Qie Zi
Italian : Morella Della Giamaica
Vanuatu : Piko
Khmer : Trɑp Put Lumɲɔɔŋ
Nepali : Tokrakur
Spanish : Berenjena De Gallina
Pakistan : Khana Pakana
Cameroon : Top Na Aka ( Batoufam )
Samoan : Lapiti
India : Bhi Tita
Plant Growth Habit Erect, branched, slender perennial shrub
Growing Climate Grows best in full sunlight and does well in light shade or shade for part of the day, but cannot survive under a closed forest canopy
Soil Quite drought tolerant and is adaptable on a wide range of soils
Plant Size 2–3 m tall and 2 cm in diameter
Root Deep and strong, woody taproot with numerous woody laterals.
Stem Densely tomentose with stout, recurved, reddish or paleyellow prickles
Leaf Simple, alternate, solitary or in pairs; petiole 2–4 cm; leaf blade ovate to elliptic, 6–19 by × 4–13 cm, densely tomentose, armed or unarmed, with an acute tip and rounded to oblique base, margin sinuate or usually 5-7- lobed and covered with hairs.
Flower Andromonoecious, pentamerous, pedicel, slender, 5–12 mm densely tomentose, white, rotate, 2.5 cm across, short tube with 5 short ovate-lanceolate lobes, 8–10 mm
Fruit Shape & Size Many seeded, smooth, glabrous, globose berry 1–1.5 cm in diameter and borne on 1–2 cm, pedicel thickened upwards.
Fruit Color Green when young to yellowish-green when mature
Flavor/Aroma Spicy
Taste Bitter
Seed Numerous flat, round, Discoid, brown, 1.5–2 mm in diameter
Health Benefits
  • Protection from Cancer
  • Treatment of Diabetes
  • Treatment of Indigestion and diarrhea
  • Prevention of cardiovascular diseases and strokes
  • Prevention of Pains, redness and gout
  • Prevention and healing of Colds and flu
  • Treatment of Phlegm and mucus
  • Prevention and treatment of Kidney disease
  • Regulate menstruation
  • Treatment of Anaemia
  • Prevents intestinal worms