Answer: I'd recommend not eating fresh or canned tomatoes with sprouted seeds, says Wilfred Erhardt, vegetable specialist the University of Maine in Orono. The sprouts from nightshade family plants tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and so on are poisonous. However, if you remove the seeds you can use the pulp for fresh sauces, soups and salsas, Erhardt explains. The seeds could be sprouting because the tomatoes are overripe. Overriped, diseased and frost injured tomatoes tend to be deficient in the amountof acid needed to safely can, explains Nellie Hedstrom, Extension nutritionist at the University of Maine. You'll need to eat such fruits immediately or discard them.
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