Love-Apple, or Solanum Ly-copersicum, L. a native of the East and West Indies, whence it has been introduced into our gardens.

It is propagated from seeds, which are sown in the month of March, in a hot-bed of a moderate temperature. When the plants have attained the height of about two inches, they are transplanted into another bed of a similar warmth, where they are set four inches asunder. In this state, they require constant moisture till the month of May, at which time they are finally removed into pots; frequently watered, and shaded till August, when their red fruit becomes perfectly ripe.—The love-apple is greatly esteemed at the table of the epicure : it is either used in soups or broths, to which it imparts an agreeable acid taste ; or it is boiled and served up as a garnish to dishes of animal food.