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Reader Question: Eating Tomatoes with Blossom End Rot

By August 29, 2012

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A reader recently asked me whether or not it was safe to eat tomatoes that have blossom end rot.

The short answer is, yes, it's perfectly fine to eat tomatoes that have blossom end rot You can cut away the rotted portion, and eat the rest of the tomato as usual. You'll want to take a look inside the tomato, because sometimes the rot will extend up into the interior of the tomato a little, even though the outside seems fine. You won't get sick from eating it if you miss some, it will just taste "off" to you, most likely.

Also, if you are planning on canning or freezing tomatoes, it's best to do it with tomatoes that don't have any signs of blossom end rot. Especially when canning, pristine fruits are important so that you don't risk introducing harmful bacteria into your canned vegetables.

So, basically -- go ahead and eat them fresh, or cook them in fresh sauces or soups, and enjoy!

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August 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm
(1) Cynthia Smith says:

Hi Colleen. I’m wondering if you would take a look at my blog post here http://myunplannedgarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/seven-plaguesand-countingof-garden.html and tell me if you think I’ve got septoria leaf spot on my tomatoes. And while you are looking, could you possibly diagnose my cucumbers (you can see the leaves have spots, but they are also yellowing and shrivelling up as whatever it is progresses)? Thank you so much!

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