Did you know the herb in the photo is called Agouman and it grows wild in St. Lucia?
Agouman can also be found in Antigua, St. Kitts, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Vincent, Grenada, Barbados and some other Caribbean islands.
Agouman is belongs to the family Solanum americanum and in St. Lucia it used for cooking just as spinach. In other parts of the world it is known as agouma, agouman, ink plant, dolly tomato, spinach, guma bush, Ink balls, kanker berry, nightshade, zeb amere and herbe amere.
Has anyone seen or eaten that great tasting bitter herb later? You can buy it at the Castries Market early on a Friday or Saturday morning or you can find them growing in your garden because helpful birds.
This feature runs every Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]