The nightshades are a botanical family or group of plants the include some of the most familiar of our vegetables.  They include:

  • All tomatoes.
  • All peppers, including red and green sweet peppers, dried table pepper and hot spicy peppers, also called chile peppers.  It also includes cayenne and most hot sauces or Tabasco sauces.
  • All potatoes, except sweet potato, which is okay as it comes from a different family of plants.
  • Eggplant.
  • Other: goji berries, ashwagandha (herb), tomatillos, tamarillos, pimentos, paprika, and tobacco.

Black pepper, white pepper, green peppercorns, Sichuan peppercorns, Tasmania long pepper

Other foods that contain solanine:

  • Blueberries are not a nightshade plant, but they do contain solanine. In the spirit of being cautious here is a list of non-nightshade plants (specifically not in the Solanaceae family) that contain solanine:
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Sugar beets
  • Huckleberries
  • Okra
  • Artichokes

Other forms of ‘food’ that can contain solanine:

  • Modified Food Starch (Be cautious of starch if it doesn’t say where it’s derived from.)
  • Starch (*If it doesn’t say where it’s derived from, check with the manufacturer)
  • Yeast (*Most yeast contains potato, both baking yeast, and beer yeast. **Red Star yeast does not contain potato.)
  • Shellac Wax (comes from Lac beetle that feeds on Wolfberry plants, found on shiny fruit and veggies, commonly not listed in ingredients)
  • Palmitate Vitamin A (In margarine and milk, it’s derived from potatoes.)