Kangaroo Apple Flower

Kangaroo apple (Solanum laciniatum) is another in a line of marginally edible, strange solanums that I am growing this year. I say “marginally edible” because the fruit is edible when ripe and poisonous when green. Still, I’m not convinced it’s worth eating. Edible and worth eating are two different things entirely. Morelle de balbis fruit is edible, but is it worth growing if food is your priority? Not so much. Even still, I am growing that again this year, too.

The kangaroo apple is a subtropical plant that needs warm weather and a long season to produce fruit. I started my seeds very early — as early as January or February. Unfortunately, I can’t remember which and I lost my original tag.

TIP: I write the sow date on the tags when I sow seeds as a way to track each plant’s progress later on. This is especially helpful when growing long season plants like kangaroo apple. If they don’t set fruit in time then I can gauge how much earlier I need to start the following year in order to be successful.

If you’re interested in learning more about this plant, there’s some information on the Australian National Botanic Gardens website and through Tradewinds Fruit.

I purchased my seeds from Solana Seeds in Quebec.

I’ll update you on the progress of this plant as the season develops. I’m very curious about the fruit.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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6 thoughts on “Kangaroo Apple Flower

  1. There are SO many amazing solanum out there! I’m currently obsessed with Solanum pyracanthum. I assume it is not edible, but it does have lovely purple flowers and the most amazing bright orange spines on the leaves.

  2. Joseph: I know! And I’m particularly fond of the spiny ones which is awful… it’s so hard to find a safe spot for them. I love that one. Next year.

  3. These can be such a weed… a 5m-high, 4m-wide weed! We neglected to prune the one growing over the driveway one summer, and by the time we realised what had happened, one of the flatmates had to park on the street instead of the driveway!
    (mild winters in NZ offer that long growing season, I guess)

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