Is it unhealthy to eat the stalk on tomatoes, after you've taken everything green off. I mean the white stuff which you can out of the tomato.

  • Is petiole or peduncle the right word for the tomato part which is between the leaves and the core?
    – velop
    Jan 15, 2016 at 12:02

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As long as you haven't used any pesticides or other chemicals on the plant, they are safe to eat. For the record, so are many species of grass.

However, it probably doesn't have much in the way of nutritional value, and I know for a fact that it doesn't taste very good (personal experience on wondering if it would make a good tooth pick).

The stem (secondary growth I believe being discussed here) has more(1) xylem(2) than other parts of the plant:

Diagram of late stage secondary stem growth in tomatoes


Quite simply, there are less rough ways to get non-soluble fiber. I imagine with a good deal of cooking to denature the structure of the stems might lead to something more palatable.

The biggest health concern would probably be for your teeth as eating tough and rough foods will lead to much greater wear on your teeth (specifically abrasion).

Do let us know if you come up with some good recipes.

  • Lol, maybe a nice soup ;)
    – velop
    Jan 15, 2016 at 12:12
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    Jan 15, 2016 at 13:01
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    – velop
    Jan 16, 2016 at 16:55

I can't bring a source but I can tell you why people whom I know, cut them off. It could be two reasons one: It's harder than the rest of the tomato, they don't want to eat it Two: It could be that there is residue of chemical's from pesticides (maybe). But it doesn't have a risk as the tomato itself. This was the connection to the source, like the navel.

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    – JohnP
    Jan 14, 2016 at 18:41
  • Thanks four your answer. Well I wouldn't eat my navel ;) But the question was more about the toxic vs untoxic side of tomato eating
    – velop
    Jan 15, 2016 at 12:14

I read the article of Wikipedia which states that Tomatoes contain low amounts of tomatine and solanine. So it's propably not unhealthier than drinking one or two glases of wine each day.

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