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Acidic Cherry Tomatoes #817115

Asked December 01, 2022, 12:29 PM EST

I grew some cherry tomatoes this summer from seeds I saved from my 2021 plants, which were a mix of cherry varieties and what I think were Green Zebra or some other dark striped variety of medium sized tomato. The cherry tomatoes from some of my 2022 plants were not really sweet - more acidic - and had a nice pronounced tomato taste, so I froze them to use in sauce this winter. I've looked on the internet to see if there are any problems eating those frozen cherry tomatoes and couldn't find anything. Do you have any insights, resources, or recommendations for experts about the potential for those somewhat acidic cherry tomatoes being harmful? Thanks, Mike

Berkshire County Massachusetts

Expert Response

Hi -I freeze my tomatoes all the time as either I don't have time to can or make sauce right away or I need to collect more to do so. I have a bag in the freezer right now. They are fine to use and the good thing (at least for me) is that when they defrost, the flesh separates from the peels making it easier to make sauce. 
Dawn Pettinelli Replied December 01, 2022, 12:33 PM EST

Thanks. So there's no concern about potential toxicity from these tomatoes that came from cross-pollinated plants? (I'd heard that this can be a problem for squash plants.)

The Question Asker Replied December 01, 2022, 12:38 PM EST

Thanks. So there's no concern about potential toxicity from these tomatoes that came from cross-pollinated plants? (I'd heard that this can be a problem for squash plants.)

The Question Asker Replied December 01, 2022, 12:40 PM EST

Thanks. So there's no concern about potential toxicity from these tomatoes that came from cross-pollinated plants? (I'd heard that this can be a problem for squash plants.)

 

Best Wishes, Mike

 

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The Question Asker Replied December 01, 2022, 12:45 PM EST
No - no toxicity from plants. With the squash, it could have crossed with a non-edible cucurbit but not so with tomatoes.
Dawn Pettinelli Replied December 01, 2022, 12:47 PM EST

Thanks. So there's no concern about potential toxicity from these tomatoes that came from cross-pollinated plants? (I'd heard that this can be a problem for squash plants.)

The Question Asker Replied December 01, 2022, 12:51 PM EST

Thanks. So there's no concern about potential toxicity from these tomatoes that came from cross-pollinated plants? (I'd heard that this can be a problem for squash plants.)

The Question Asker Replied December 01, 2022, 1:36 PM EST
No chance of tomatoes being toxic.
Dawn Pettinelli Replied December 01, 2022, 1:41 PM EST

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