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Garden Eggs? I am sure there is a formal name.

Asafor Valentine funwie

This is an ingredient my mother used in the 80s to prepare our traditional soup.We called it (country tomatoes).Untill then i still enjoy sucking it uncooked.very good for the achu soup my traditional meal.Hopefully there is a Biological name for this fruit.

The herald

Scientific Name: Solanum melongena L.

Family: Solanaceae (the Poisonous Nightshade family)

Colour: White, purple, green, yellowish white

Common names: Eggplant, aubergine guinea squash, brinjal

Best Season: Throughout the year.

Nutritional Value: 42 kcal, 4.8 g protein, 525 mg calcium, 6 mg iron, 6.4 mg vitamin A per 100 g serving.


That family includes tobacco, potato, peppers and a bunch of interesting poisonous or medicinal plants.

Kene Muna

I do miss that fruit but never knew the name. Thank you Up Station Mountain Club


Dear The herald,
I think Solanum melongena is more of the eggplant family but this fruit (which is at the same time a vegetable)looks more of a tomato and falls under the Cyphomandra betacea family.
As Asafor Valentine rightly puts it - it's a good spice for the delicious meal - Achu. (I thank God say He be send that food for Bafut peple them). Vally, the common name is Tree Tomato. Even the whiteman calls it that name. And when they're not using that name, they call it Tamarillo.

The herald

Hi Mr Paul
Thank you for pointing out that slight difference.The description you have given is actually for the fruit above.Mr Asafor valentine erred a little because the fruit that is used as a spice in sauces and flavorings(achu) like the tomato is called Cannibal's tomato.It's scientific name is Solanum uporo.Therefore the above fruit is not the type Mr Asafor valentine thought of.
Although it looks much like a medium-sized tomato, the tree tomato is not a true tomato. Tasting somewhat like a tomato, it is usually eaten with sugar or boiled to make a popular and refreshing drink.It also has a variety of colours when it gets ripe.
I thank you very much.

Paa Ngembus

This is NOT an eggplant.

Eggplants are VEGETABLES not FRUITS.

The questioner gave the hint: FRUIT.

This is the softshell passion fruit (can't remember the scientific name). It is a cousin of the kiwi fruit and the hardshell passion fruit.


Paa Ngembus

Asafor Valentine funwie

Hey,senior Herald, Mr.Paul knows exactly what my description about the fruit explains.Infact as i comment on this fruit.Tree tomato still stands fresh on my late mothers grave.Unfortunately i do not know the scientific name am also struggling to learn bros.Thanks for your contributions


The scientific name is Cyphomandra betacea and the common name is Tamarillo tree tomato.


Whew. Thanks AngloCamerooian!!! I really would never have thunk of it. I've been trying to know the name for such a long time!

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