African Nightshades: Recent Advances on the Phytochemistry, Nutrition, and Toxicity

Bo Yuan, Weiting Lyu, Fekadu Dinssa, Daniel Hoffman, James E. Simon, Qingli Wu

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


African nightshades (ANs) are among the most popular African traditional leafy vegetables in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. When accessible and available, they can contribute to food security, improving nutrition and economic opportunities in African people's livelihood. Recent years have witnessed the expansion of attention and research into the nutrition of ANs. In particular, knowledge of the phytochemistry of ANs has been greatly advanced. This work summarizes ANs' nutrient content and reviews the major phytochemicals of polyphenols, glycoalkaloids, and saponins in the plants' leaves and berries to shed light on the associated micronutrients and possible toxicity. This review also reveals the remaining knowledge gaps yet to be filled to further facilitate the full utilization of ANs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACS Symposium Series
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'African Nightshades: Recent Advances on the Phytochemistry, Nutrition, and Toxicity'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this