Cannibals in the Ornamental Garden?

Is there any surprise that Ted is growing Cannibal Tomatoes in the Ornamental Garden? Along with the hottest pepper known to man, he thought he’d save room in the plot for a tomato that inspires images of gnashing and gnawing – we are afraid to even go near Home Demo. these days.

“Solanum uporo”. . . quite menacing, no?

So what’s the deal with this Cannibal Tomato? Does it slowly grow out to take bite of its other bushy brethren?

Apparently, hailing from the islands of Tahiti and Fiji, it is said to be a favorite of cannibalistic tribes as a bitter sauce accompanying meals of, well, you and I. An attractive, shrubby plant that bears green and red fruit about 3” across, the Cannibal Tomato’s leaves can also be prepared as cooked greens – a veritable side salad to Chuck roast (or roasted Chuck!), if you will.

These small, bitter fruit add complementary flavor to cooked man, according to some Tahitian tribes.

Infamous for its history, nickname, and lore involving human consumption, the Cannibal Tomato has one more surprise Ted may have forgotten to mention: it’s not even a Tomato! Solanum uporo remains a member of the eggplant family, and as such, it is best to place these plants in full sun. Germination rates remain slow (give it a few weeks to a month) and harvesting will take about three months.

We might just use that time to scratch our heads and wait for the next surprise around the corner.


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