The Shoo-shoo Bush a.k.a Devil’s Fig

Yes, I grow this voodoo sounding plant. It’s actually part of the Aubergine family and to my knowledge the “fruit” is commonly used in Thai curries (Thais call it Makua Puong) and in Jamaican dishes (they call it Susumber).

also called the Pea Eggplant

also called the Pea Eggplant

It is an acquired taste and I’ve read that many have tried them and found them … strange.  I do not have a large variety of recipes using this “fruit” but from experiments I have found a way to reduce their strangeness. (More of that in another post.)

Beware when you see this plant and get curious enough to want to examine closer. It’s going to be a thorn in your side ~ maybe even your center!

Leaf surface

Leaf surface

Leaf size

Leaf size

It’s a thorny issue but the pros outweigh the cons. It is a perennial and gives partial shade to other plants and the soil during hot summers. In winter, just chop-&-drop them to enrich the soil and they will regrow in Spring. I allow them to get to about 6-7ft tall so they add volume to ‘bare’ spaces.

It is my intention to try real Jamaican dishes with Susumber when I visit Jamaica next month (& get recipes if they taste good). Readers, if you know of any Permaculture or Organic farms which I can visit, without signing up for lengthy lessons/courses, do please let me know. Thanks in advance.  🙂


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