Species name
Solanium sp. 


Local name(s)
Bulowa (Wolayetgna)

General description
The plant is an exotic bush...

Edible part(s), preparation methods and palatability
Leaves are edible. They are cooked and added to other foodstuff for consumption during food shortage periods. They taste rather bitter and are consumed between April and June in Koindo-Koyisha Woreda, that is during the hard times before harvest, when the rains just started and nothing else is ready for consumption. The fruits seen on the plant in the picture below cannot be consumed. Yet they are usually used for making a soap-like liquid to wash and clean clothes.

The plant was found in a farmer's home garden. But it seems that the plant is not common and only grown by a few farmers in the Koindo-Koyisha Woreda. 

Propagation method(s) 
Propagates by seeds

Sample location(s)
Koindo-Koyisha (North Omo)


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'Bulowa' in a home garden in Koindo-Koyisha Woreda, North Omo with fruits and mulched with ash from the cooking fire.