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White Ntula
Solanum aethiopicum
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 10-11+)
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Easy
(Bitter eggplant; Jilo; Gilo; Kobo-kobo) Ntula is a traditional food plant of Africa, similar to the gilo eggplants of Brazil. Little known outside Africa, these small eggplants are attracting attention because of their nutritional qualities and their potential to boost food security. Eaten cooked or raw, the small fruits are an acquired taste as they are somewhat bitter. Gilo fruits in all their various forms and colorations are very popular in Brazil, West and East Africa, and this attractive white form from Uganda is one of the many types available. Ntula fruits are delicious cooked with chicken, lamb, or lentils. Cynthia Bertelsenís recipe, Spicy Pumpkin and Eggplant Stew, is an inspired adaptation of a traditional West African dish featuring gilo eggplants. Ntula seeds should be started early and transplanted to the garden after the danger of frost is past.
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