Eating Unripe Green Tomatoes May Actually Be Good For You

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As many gardeners know, tomato plants are part of the nightshade family. The leaves and stems of tomato plants are poisonous, but ripe fruit can be safely consumed. But what about unripe fruit? Are green tomatoes poisonous? The History of Tomatoes Tomatoes are one of most popular plants to grow in the home garden. Native to the Americas, the fruit of this member of the nightshade family was consumed by the Aztecs as far back as 700 AD. Yet when tomatoes were introduced to the old world, many Europeans feared the fruit was poisonous. Today, we know tomatoes are not only safe to eat, but nutritious as well. Although most people think of tomatoes as red, this fruit can ripen to a variety of colors depending upon the variety. Some varieties, like Green Zebras and Green Moldavians, are green when fully ripe. If you grow these varieties in your garden, […]

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