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Jua-Acu (Solanum oocarpum) is a Subtropical Species
« on: March 23, 2022, 06:02:32 PM »
Fellow Fruit People-

Just wanted to post and give an update on this new and interesting Solanum species that I acquired from Marcos last year-

I got 5 seeds, all of which sprouted, and have 2 of the plants to forum member AndreasGia and kept 3 for myself- (for those who remember I was once going to auction one of these but got greedy and decided to see how it would do in the soil here)

I can say that this species is truly subtropical with these ~1 year old seedlings surviving unprotected in the winter this year. They experienced leaf drop and tip damage but both of the exposed plants are coming back strong now.

We didn't get any flowers last year but given the quick bounce back we are hoping to have seeds and maybe even fruit to share with the forum this year






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Re: Jua-Acu (Solanum oocarpum) is a Subtropical Species
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2022, 06:12:07 PM »
Glad your cold-hardiness experiment with this species was successful. Do you have any idea what its fruit tastes like, particularly in comparison to other Solanums? My cursory search turned up scientific papers about its potential medicinal uses but not anything regarding fruit taste or quality.

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Re: Jua-Acu (Solanum oocarpum) is a Subtropical Species
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2022, 06:16:28 PM »
It is quite rare from what I understand-

the only thing I know is from Marcos (huertasurbanas) himself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jBZ1umuszw

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Re: Jua-Acu (Solanum oocarpum) is a Subtropical Species
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2022, 10:10:56 PM »
Good to know. Thanks for posting this information. It would be nice to have more regular posts like this for many other rare fruiting plants.  The video taste description is a nice supplement as well.

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Re: Jua-Acu (Solanum oocarpum) is a Subtropical Species
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2022, 09:09:57 AM »
It is quite rare from what I understand-

the only thing I know is from Marcos (huertasurbanas) himself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jBZ1umuszw

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1125942424/super-rare-and-tasty-brazilian-sunberry?click_key=d9045dba3a33c73a6de55f9ccd2f991afa6bfc24%3A1125942424&click_sum=86b556b7&ref=shop_home_recs_2&crt=1

Someone on Etsy managed to get it to fruit and is currently selling seeds and cuttings. Also has a video of the fruit on the listing.
Plant nerd in his teens that enjoys finding new species to add to their collection

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Re: Jua-Acu (Solanum oocarpum) is a Subtropical Species
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2022, 11:06:27 AM »
Hello: you have to be careful about two things: first, it is a very rare species, originally obtained from Helton by a collector from my country, then I received a plant, I had fruits after a few years because it took a long time to produce. Be careful because it grows very very fast, it gets out of control in creeper mode and climbs all the trees in your garden! It is not for small spaces.

Secondly, it is not known if the fruit does not have certain toxic components, according to Helton there are many nutritional studies on the matter, but a friend of mine says that he got poisoned, so you have to be careful. It leaves my lips itchy, so it may be true about its toxicity.

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Re: Jua-Acu (Solanum oocarpum) is a Subtropical Species
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2022, 01:14:07 AM »
One of mine took off once I planted it in a tomato bed a couple months ago. It looks almost like a different species from yours, eloicious. Mine grows as a stocky upright plant, leaves around a foot long. I have it in a tomato cage, but don't think it needs it. I think I planted the seeds in February last year, kept them small in pots over the winter. Another I planted in-ground died back to the ground, resprouted, but is still small. I noticed the first flower buds today. Hopefully it's not toxic. The buds are just above the bend point:



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Re: Jua-Acu (Solanum oocarpum) is a Subtropical Species
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2022, 08:05:22 PM »
Hello: you have to be careful about two things: first, it is a very rare species, originally obtained from Helton by a collector from my country, then I received a plant, I had fruits after a few years because it took a long time to produce. Be careful because it grows very very fast, it gets out of control in creeper mode and climbs all the trees in your garden! It is not for small spaces.

Secondly, it is not known if the fruit does not have certain toxic components, according to Helton there are many nutritional studies on the matter, but a friend of mine says that he got poisoned, so you have to be careful. It leaves my lips itchy, so it may be true about its toxicity.


Nope, removed it from my list 
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