Tomato's and nightshade (Probably a dumb question.)

aspergersgamerSeptember 9, 2007

Is it possable too cross Tomoto's and deadly nightshade? There both nightshade, but i'm clueless. Any help please?

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maineman(z5a ME)


When I was growing up on a farm, we grew tomatoes in our garden and deadly nightshade was a fairly common weed in a nearby field. I was concerned at the time that bees might cross the two and produce tomatoes whose hybrid seeds might be toxic. None of us died from eating our tomatoes, but I certainly wouldn't deliberately cross the two.

Ironically, there was a time over a hundred years ago when tomatoes themselves were thought to be poisonous. If memory serves, tomatoes were referred to as "love apples."


    Bookmark   September 9, 2007 at 11:42PM
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Thanks for the reply Maineman, it's quite helpfull, But it's safe too cross them aslong as you put them in a fenced area, and there not eaten. Plus i think it would only effect the plant of the tomato, not the tomatos themselfs. (Confusing, but eh.) Thanks again Maineman.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 3:54AM
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maineman(z5a ME)


"... I think it would only affect the plant of the tomato, not the tomatoes themselves."

I wouldn't be so sure of that. The black berries of the Deadly Nightshade are themselves poisonous, so the F1 hybrids would very possibly have poisonous berry-tomatoes. After all, a tomato is botanically a berry. Incidentally, that's the answer to the old question of whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. It's neither. It's a berry.


    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 1:27AM
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But MM, berries are a fruit, a fruit with multiple seeds contained in pulp, which was produced from a single ovary.

So tomatoes are a fruit.

TBH the definition of a vegetable is hazy, and certainly not scientific, any edible part of a plant can be considered a vegetable, so logically a tomato is a fruit, vegetable and a berry.

Under US tax law a tomato is a vegetable.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 9:49AM
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keking(z6 TN)

I hope we're not confusing Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna) and the Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum), which has fruit that are edible if cooked.
Neither crosses with the tomato.

Here is a link that might be useful: CybeRose & Bulbs

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 2:09PM
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