This edition of Cooking Fresh celebrates the abundance of nightshades in our gardens and at farmers markets this summer. “Nightshades” is the common name for the flowering plant family Solanaceae, which consists of more than two thousand types of vegetables, spices, weeds, fruits, and other plants, many of which are not edible. Some of the most commonly consumed nightshade plants include tomatoes, tomatillos, potatoes, eggplants, and peppers. These foods are a rich source of nutrients and can add immense depth to the local summer cuisine.

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