These are large juicy fruits, but they are produced not on a tree, but on a small and low plant. The stalks are weak, and divided into many branches; the leaves are large, but they are composed of many small ones set on a divided stalk, and they are of a faint yellowish green colour. The flowers are small and yellow, the fruit is large, and, when ripe, of a red colour; it contains a soft juicy pulp and the seeds.
The plant is a kind of nightshade, we cultivate it in gardens. The Italians eat the fruit as we do cucumbers. The juice is cooling, and is good externally used in eruptions on the skin, and in diseases of the eyes, where a sharp humour is troublesome.
The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.