Is it OK to eat volunteer tomatoes growing among Deadly Nightshade?

Asked September 15, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT

I have tomatoes that came up from last year and there are lots of them with beautiful tomatoes. I also have some deadly nightshade growing in that same area. Are they okay to eat? I have already eaten some and now I am worried. Also, do you have to wear protective clothing etc to remove the deadly nightshade?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

An overview about the toxicity of deadly nightshade is at Your volunteer tomatoes will be safe to eat even though the deadly nightshade is growing nearby.

For specifics, please phone Poison Control toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

Bottom line about deadly nightshade: Don’t eat it.