Tropical Soda Apple

Biological Name:

Solanum viarum (Tropical-Soda-Apple)

Natural Habitat:

Tropical-Soda-Apple: This plant is native to tropical regions of South America, and it can grow in a variety of habitats, including forests, fields, and disturbed areas.


Tropical-Soda-Apple also known as Solanum is a plant that is native to grassland and prairie regions of North America. It is an annual herb that can grow up to six feet tall and it has small oval-shaped leaves and small white or purple flowers that bloom in the summer. The plant is known for its toxic apple-like fruit which is not edible and can be harmful to grazing animals.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can you eat tropical soda apple?
A: Tropical soda apple is a thorny perennial shrub. It grows from 3-6 ft tall and produces golf-ball size fruits resembling tiny watermelons Caution – its fruit are poisonous to humans.

Q: Where does tropical soda apple grow?
A: Tropical soda apple, Solanum viarum Dunal, is a perennial shrub (Figure 1). It is native to Brazil and Argentina, but it has become a weed in other areas of South America and in Africa, India, Nepal, the West Indies, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States.

Q: How did the tropical soda apple get to America?
A: Initial introduction of tropical soda apple into North America probably occurred from seed adhering to people’s shoes or it escaped from cultivation (J. J. Mullahey, pers. comm.). Rapid spread of tropical soda apple throughout the southeastern United States (Fig.

Q: What are tropical apples?
A: Known as Piñata®, this apple is a beautiful bi-colored variety that comes with a crisp, juicy bite. It has a red hue that covers a golden background, and has many modern apple lovers rejoicing with its tasty flavor profile.

Q: Where is tropical soda from?
A: Summary. Solanum viarum, the tropical soda apple, is a perennial shrub native to Brazil and Argentina with a prickly stem and prickly leaves. The fruit is golf-ball-sized with the coloration of a watermelon.

Q: How do you make tropical soda?
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Q: Is tropical soda apple invasive?
A: Tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum), also referred to as TSA, is a non-native, invasive weed that forms very dense infestations, especially in pastures. Forage productivity can be greatly reduced as a result. It is also a host of several diseases and pests of commercial crops.

Q: Do apple trees have invasive roots?
A: Full-sized apple trees do not have invasive roots, but they will need a bit more room to spread out than their smaller cousins, the dwarf apple.

Q: How do you grow a tropical apple tree?
A: Buy Apple Tropical.PLANTING: Choose an open sunny position in well drained soil, dig a hole twice the width of the roots, cover with soil, and water in well.PRUNING: Before planting – prune well back to outward pointing bud. When established – prune in Winter.

Q: Where is tropical soda made?
A: Plant: Tropical soda apple (Solanum Viarum) is a Federally listed noxious weed native to Argentina and Brazil. Identification: Upright to leaning, multi-branched, perennial shrub can grow 3 to 6 ft tall.

Q: How do I get rid of tropical soda apples?
A: Herbicides such as Triclopyrester and aminopyralid at 0.5% and 0.1% respectfully may be applied to young apple soda weeds on a monthly basis. More mature or dense infestations may be controlled with the use of herbicides containing aminopyralid.

Q: What eats tropical soda apple?
A: Foliage of tropical soda apple is unpalatable to livestock but cattle and wildlife (deer, raccoons, feral hogs, birds) ingest the fruits and spread the seeds in their droppings (Mullahey et al., 1993; Akanda et al., 1996; Brown et al., 1996).

Q: What does the tropical soda apple do to the environment?
A: It reduces biological diversity in natural areas by displacing native plants and disrupting ecological integrity. Plant prickles can restrict wildlife grazing and create a physical barrier to animals, preventing movement through infested areas. It contains solasodine, which is poisonous to humans.

Q: Where does the tropical soda apple live?
A: Tropical soda apple is a common weed in South America, India, the West Indies, Honduras, and Mexico. The plant is native to Argentina and central Brazil and has been introduced in Africa and Nepal. Tropical soda apple can be expected to occur in other subtropical areas as well.

Q: Where is the tropical soda apple found?
A: Plant: Tropical soda apple (Solanum Viarum) is a Federally listed noxious weed native to Argentina and Brazil. Identification: Upright to leaning, multi-branched, perennial shrub can grow 3 to 6 ft tall. It is covered with velvety hair and broad-based white to yellow thorns.

Q: What does apple soda taste like?
A: This soda tastes like an apple Jolly Rancher, with the same bite that candy is known for. There’s definitely a sugar presence, but it’s balanced with tartness.

Q: Does soda keep apples from turning brown?
A: This simple step should keep your apples from browning for several hours. Citric acid can also be found in carbonated drinks such as lemon-like soda, ginger ale, and seltzer water. Simply soak your apples in a bowl of your preferred beverage for 3 to 5 minutes.

Q: Is tropical soda apple poisonous to cattle?
A: Note: While cattle and wildlife can eat the fruit, it is poisonous to humans. How can I control tropical soda apple?

Q: Why is tropical soda apple a problem?
A: It can be invasive and also host various plant viruses. Tropical soda apple is a major pest in Florida, where it has invaded at least 500,000ha of land and costs landholders millions of dollars each year in control costs and lost production.

Q: Do apples poison horses?
A: Almost any fruits, and many vegetables, are safe treats for healthy horses. Apples and carrots are traditional favorites. You can safely offer your horse raisins, grapes, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe or other melons, celery, pumpkin, and snow peas.

Q: Can cows choke on apples?
A: Apples fed to cows should be regulated and feeding of too much apples should be avoided because they may cause bloating or choking. Usually, cows are fed on fallen apples and sometimes the half-fermented apples in order to reduce the risk of bloated stomach.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.