To quote from the book Body Restoration by Drs Lebowitz and Kapadia
“Historically, most solanine containing foods were not considered edible before the 1800’s (except in some parts of South America). In fact, as late as the 1850’s, most Americans considered potato as a food for animals rather than humans. The Farmer’s Manual from this time period recommended that potatoes, “be grown near the hog pens as a convenience towards feeding the hogs.” Even foods like kim-chee did not have peppers in them 100 years ago but just utilized a salt brine.”
Looking into its history: in 1544, the Italian herbalist Pietro Matthioli, classified the tomato plant along with other poisonous plants; even though he admitted having heard that the fruit was fried in oil, and then eaten in some regions.
According to http://www.lifeinitaly.com/food/tomatoes.asp “the tomato is laced with mysterious qualities having the powers to excite, and being labeled as an aphrodisiac. For these reasons it was used in potions and magic filters by alchemists in the 1500's and 1600's. It is not very clear how or where in Europe this exotic fruit (coming from such an ornamental plant) began to appear on the tables of some courageous farmers.”
You will need to stay off nightshades such as potato (except for sweet potato/yam), tomato, eggplant, pepper( except for black/white/red peppercorns), paprika, tobacco, ashwagandha, and gogi berries for at least 6-8 weeks to get the full benefits of what a solanine free diet can offer. Beware, most mayonnaise and mustard have paprika, which shows up in may food products. READ LABELS
Thanks to Drs Bruce Moselle and Jim Hogg we tweaked their recipes for a ‘No-tomato’ sauce that is free of nightshades but full of flavor. By varying the thickness, amount of lemon juice and seasonings you can use it in many recipes where you would normally use tomato sauce.
To spice up foods I love adding lots of freshly grated ginger.
Brand Names that carry solanine free items:
MAYONAISE free of paprika
SEASONED SALT BLENDS
There are also Curry leaves which can be used in curry dishes but are hard to find:
No_tomato Sauce If you do not want to make your own try this: http://www.nomato.com/
Below are other recipes from Drs Moselle and Hogg:
No-Tomato Tomato Sauce
2 1/2 cups/675g steamed carrots
Steam the carrots and beets until tender. Brown onions and garlic together. Measure all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to use.
Submitted by Dr Hogg
Solanine Free Tomato-less Sauce
1 onion, finely chopped