Are tomato leaves poisonous?

Self-tutoring about food: the tutor asks himself a question out of the blue, and finds a surprising answer.

As a kid, I was told tomato leaves are poisonous. Yet, are they?

I’ve found three sources, this morning, that mention tomato leaves being consumed. One tells of using them in tomato sauce, while another considers them a garden green. Perhaps, in small-to-moderate doses, tomato leaves might be safe to eat, for most people.

Apparently, tomato leaves do contain compounds that are toxic in large doses: eating a lot of them at once might lead to toxic overload.

I plan to experiment by eating a few tomato leaves from the garden. I’ll let you know what happens, if I don’t die:)


Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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