The sweetness of bitter brinjal (Solanum gilo Raddi): An underutilized vegetable of North Eastern Himalayas
Lalhmingsanga, AK Pandey, Thejangulie Angami and Ashok Chhetri
Solanum gilo, known as bitter brinjal is commonly seen growing due to its wider adaptability across the different locations in the entire North Eastern Himalayas. Wide variations exist within and between the species and are grown by the tribals in homestead as well as jhum field as mixed cropping. The crop had been traditionally valued due to its medicinal properties since time immemorial. Keeping in view the potentiality and wide variability of the crop, fifteen landraces were collected from different parts of the region and evaluated for its growth and biochemical components at the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh during 2015 to 2016. The results showed that the genotypes exhibited marked variation in growth, fruiting characteristics and biochemical attributes confirming its adaptation to climatic conditions of subtropics with higher yield and acceptable fruit quality.
Lalhmingsanga, AK Pandey, Thejangulie Angami, Ashok Chhetri. The sweetness of bitter brinjal (Solanum gilo Raddi): An underutilized vegetable of North Eastern Himalayas. J Med Plants Stud 2018;6(2):07-08.