Scientific name: Solanum torvum. English: turkey berry, devil’s fig, fausse aubergine, pea eggplant, prickly solanum, Prickly Nightshade, wild Eggplant. Spanish: terongan. Sanskrit: ब्रह्टी Brihati. Hindi: bhankatiya, bhurat. Assamese: Bhitita. Bengali: TitaBagoon. Marathi: marang. Telugu: Kottuvastu. Kannada: Sundekkayi. Malayalam: Anachunda, Chunda, Cheriyamodumutticka, Chithiramchunda, Malamchunda, Parachunda, putharichunda.
Solanum torvum (Turkey berry) is a shrub that grows up to 2 meters high. Turkey berry belongs to the solanaceae family and the binomial name is Solanum torvum. It is a good pain killer and also a good aphrodisiac for all age groups. For respiratory disorders and phlegm problems, the decoction made from the roots of turkey berry is a good medicine. The fruits and the thorns also have medicinal values. Even though it seems a thorny shrub, it has a very important place in Ayurveda. Solanum torvum (Turkey berry) grows in abundance in all places with good sunlight and moisture in soil. The fruits turn yellow when ripen. They can propagate on their own.
For cultivation, the ripe seeds are plucked and dried and seeds are sown. Solanum torvum (turkey berry) needs no special care for growth. Plants like turkey berry should be grown in separate places. The roots of it is the important ingredient in the ayurvedic medicine ‘Dasamoolarishtam’. This helps to cure inflammation. The mature fruits contain hormones that helps to improve sexuality. For this reason, it is used in medicines made for sexual related problems. For cough and asthma, the decoction made from the roots of solanum torvum (turkey berry), common sida (kurunthotti), adathoda (adalodakam) mixed with honey is an excellent cure. Even though solanum torvum (turkey berry) grows wildly and is a thorny shrub, its medicinal value is great.