Adopt a Seed from Solanum tomentosum
Solanum tomentosum is a wild relative of aubergine with bright orange berries. It is endemic to South Africa, growing in grassy or rocky areas on hillsides, river beds, coastal bush or roadsides. The collection held in the MSB comes from the Eastern Cape region and was collected by MSB Partners the South African National Biodiversity Institute in 2005. Although most Solanum species are found in the Americas, around 20% are Old World species, and it is this group which comprises the origin of the aubergine. This group offers useful traits for breeding with the cultivated aubergine, and many species contain valuable medicinal compounds.