What Are Nightshades? Good or Bad?

by David Greenwalt What are nightshades? Despite their rather mysterious-sounding name, “nightshades” are simply a family of plants. Their scientific name is Solanaceae. The family includes over 2,000 species, ranging from vines and herbs to shrubs and trees. Most nightshades are inedible, but a few are commonly eaten: potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, and…