Solanum nigrum (European Black Nightshade or locally just "black nightshade", Duscle, Garden Nightshade, Hound's Berry, Petty Morel, Small-fruited black nightshade or popolo) is a species in the Solanum genus, native to Eurasia and introduced in the Americas and Australasia.
The flowers have petals greenish to whitish, recurved when aged and surround prominent bright yellow anthers.
The fruits are oval black berries in small hanging clusters. The ripe black small fruit are directly consumable and the leaves are cooked and consumed.
Although fatal human poisonings are rare, at least one case has been documented. The poison is believed to be solanine.
In Ethiopia, the ripe berries are picked and eaten by children in normal times, while during famines all affected people would eat berries. In addition the leaves are collected by women and children, who cook the leaves in salty water and consumed like any other vegetable. Farmers in the Konso Special Woreda report that because S. nigrum matures before the maize is ready for harvesting, it is used as a food source until their crops are ready.