Solanum torvum – the pea eggplant
Solanum torvum is a small-shaped eggplant species in the family Solanaceae. Its fruits are as a small as berries, and have a bitter taste. It has several common names like pea eggplant, turkey berry, devil’s fig, , platebrush or susumber. In Vietnam, it’s known as cà nút áo (shirt button eggplant), but is often referred as cà đắng (bitter eggplant).
- Family: Solanaceae
- Genus: Solanum
- Species: Solanum torvum
- Synonyms: Solanum ferrugineum, Solanum mayanum, Solanum verapazense
- English names: pea eggplant, turkey berry, devil’s fig, platebrush or susumber
- Vietnamese names: cà nút áo, cà đắng, cà dại hoa trắng, mắc cạnh, trông lao
S. torvum is one of the two known bitter eggplants which is popular in the cuisine of the ethnic minorities group in Vietnam’s mountainous regions. It’s often combined with several bushfood in local dishes.
In Sơn La province, the pea eggplant is known locally as mắc nhung or mắc cạnh, and it’s cooked in a pea eggplant congee. The pea eggplants are also added to some local soups as well.
In some mountainous districts of Phú Yên province, pea eggplant can be cooked in a soup along with other vegetables.