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Health corner: Turkey Berry(is it good for your health?)

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A vegetable few people detest due to it's sour or bitter nature. This perennial fruit is green in colour as we all know. Is it a fruit or a vegetable? It serves both purposes like the the tomato does. It is locally used in preparing dishes such as the kontomire stew and palm nut soup. It is used as beverage too.

Nutritional content

It's highly nutritious for the body's development. Magnesium, iron, phosphorus and calcium are minerals it contains. Other low levels of nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and protein are embedded in turkey berries.


The multipurpose turkey berry protects the body against cardiovascular disease and stroke. It treats diabetes, cold and flu, kidney diseases, anemia,lung cancer and stops excessive cell growth in the body. It also regulates menstruation.

Side effects

Glycoalkaloid is a compound in it that the body needs in small quantities.

Excessive intake causes nausea, stomach ache, diarrhea and dizziness.

Turkey Berry, the general name is botanically known as solanum torvum. How's it called in your dialect? Leave a comment to let us know.

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