Turkey Berries are related to eggplant, but are very small green berries that grow on tall thorny bushes all over the world. They are great tasting food and have many health benefits that are amazingly healing for kidney disease, ulcers, high blood pressure, anemia, cancer, colds, flues, gout, arthritis, asthma, and so much more.
Turkey Berries or Solanum tovan and also called Plate Brush, Devils Fig, Pea Eggplant, Bhankatiya, Pea Aubergine, Wild Eggplant, Tekokak, Susumber, and many other names can be found in India, Africa, China, Thailand, The Caribbean, South America, Indonesia, Florida, Alabama, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico (In the high mountains of Puerto Rico they grow thousands of pounds of Turkey Berries), and other places in US and the world. The leaves look like eggplant leaves and the tall bush has thorns and grows to 3 to 6 feet tall. This bush has beautiful white flowers that eventually turn into green pea like berries. This plant grows like a weed and will last for 2 or 3 years before it needs to be replanted from seed.
Turkey Berries contain lots of iron thus making them great for anyone suffering from anemia, and they also stimulate red blood cell production. A soup can be made from the berries and this should be eaten daily to increase red blood cell production. And Turkey Berries are good for digestion and help with stomachaches, indigestion, diarrhea, and even gastric ulcers. These berries neutralize acid in the stomach making them important for healing gastric ulcers.
These berries (cooked) plus leaves of the Turkey Berry plant can be dried and powdered and used for lowering blood sugar, which makes them great for those suffering from diabetes. Plus Turkey Berries are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and stops the excessive cell growth making it important for cancer. Studies show that extract of Turkey Berry can protect against lung cancer. Plus these berries also helps with preventing and healing colds and flues.
Turkey Berries are used in Ayurvedic Medicine as a good diuretic, as a sedative for stress, for healing diabetes, and for digestive problems. Eating Turkey Berries daily heals jangled nerves. And for getting rid of phlegm and mucus the berries can be dried and made into a powder which will dry up mucus, help with asthma, coughing, lung inflammation and more. Turkey berries contain agents that help with skin, peptic, and genital ulcers… thus speeding up the healing process.
Studies show that Turkey Berries can also help prevent and treat kidney disease and even reverse tubular necrosis and glomerular congestion… thus making it important for treating kidney disease.
These wonderful berries contain saponins, flavonoids, torvosides, alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, cholorogenome, and more agents. Turkey Berries are full of lots of powerful antioxidants that prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even cancer. Plus Turkey Berries help regulate menstruation… thus helping those who are not having regular periods.
Because Turkey Berries are a good diuretic they also flush out uric acid thus getting rid of the pain, redness, and other symptoms of gout. The dried berries made into a powder lower blood pressure, and prevent platelets from sticking together thus helping to prevent heart attacks.
Extracts of Turkey Berry Leaf contain powerful anti-inflammatory agent and natural steroids called soasoline which are great for arthritis, lower back pain and swelling, and pain in general. And since inflammation is the first step towards all disease Turkey Berries are very important for health.
Turkey Berries can be made into a nice soup when they are processed. Most people take the berries and put them in a plastic bag and pound them until they break open. Then the berries are rinsed in 4 changes of water and the seeds removed. And Turkey Berries can also be made into a gravy for meats and veggies. Also some people fry these little green gems in clarified butter and use them in all kinds of dishes such as curries, soups, stews, and just about any dish a person can imagine. They are used in Thailand for all kinds of dishes and if you google “Turkey Berry Recipes” lots of recipes will come up.
We have a Turkey Berry bush growing on one side of the house, and once it takes off the bush produces lots of berries. Plus Turkey Berries grow all over the world making them accessible to just about everyone, and the dried berries can be ordered on-line, just google “Buy Turkey Berries”.
Try some wonderful Turkey Berries and feel great.
Eating the raw Turkey Berries is not advised because they could be toxic if not cleaned and prepared.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist
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