Have you ever eaten Susumba, otherwise known as gully beans in Jamaica? I feel blessed because our friend Jean picked these Susumber berries from the wild here in Florida and gifted them to me.

I grew up seeing these green berries all over Jamaica growing in the wild, it is one of those plants that flourish even during a drought, it pretty much can grow under any soil condition. The berries remind me of a mini version of eggplant. It is traditionally prepared in Jamaica with salt fish but I decided to prepare it in a coconut stew, like Vegan Ital Stew, Black Bean Butternut Squash Stew, and Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas.

Susumba stew recipe in a bowl, yellow yam, green banana in a white bowl on a stone background

Susumba Stew

Susumba stew, is a flavorful homemade stew, I first preboiled the berries in water to reduce the bitterness, I also crushed half the berries while cooking the stew. The bold flavors of the thyme, Scotch bonnet pepper,  allspice cooked in the coconut milk results in an incredibly tasty stew that is so delicious served with slices of boiled green bananas and yellow yam.

What Is Susumba?

Susumba, scientifically known as Solanum Torvum, also known as Susumber, Gully Bean, Susumber Berries, Turkey Berry, Devil’s Fig, Sundaikai, Sundakkai, Plate Bush, Pea Eggplant, Wild Eggplant, Pea Aubergine, Bharatiya, Tekokak.

A round green fruit, Sussumba grows wild on a shrub in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world, including Jamaica, the Caribbean, India, Central and South America, Africa, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and even here in Florida.

Susumba, has a bitter taste, it is not only used as a food but used for its medicinal properties, it is believed to contain antibacterial properties,  good for ailments such as cancer, heart disease, tuberculosis, strokes, gout, back pain. (A, B, C, D)

Susumba Berry

How To Make Susumba stew?

  1. Wash susumba and add to a saucepan, add cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for about 20 minutes or until susumba is tender. Drain water and discard.
  2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, green onion, bell pepper, and thyme and cook until onion is soft, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, susumber, coconut milk, Scotch bonnet pepper, vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Crush some of the berries using a fork. Season with salt to taste.

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Overlay susumber stew with yellow yam, green banana, in a white bowl with more susuber in a black saucepan in the background

Susumba (Gully Bean) Stew

Flavorful Susumba Stew, made with onion, garlic, red bell pepper, tomato, thyme cooked in coconut milk. This Susumba stew is totally delicious and so easy to prepare!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: gully bean stew, susumb stew
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 200kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups susumba or turkey berries (stems removed)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • 1/4 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • 1 whole Scotch Bonnet pepper or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Instructions

  • Wash the susumba and add it to a saucepan. Add cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the succumb is tender. Drain the water and discard it. Set aside the cooked susumba berries.
  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, green onion, bell pepper, thyme, and allspice, and cook until the onion is soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, susumba, coconut milk, Scotch bonnet pepper, and vegetable broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 7 minutes. Crush some of the berries using a fork—season with salt to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 741IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg