While tomatoes are part of the nightshade family, tomato leaves have actually been found to be edible in small quantities. As of 2014, tomato plants are found on the poisonous list, but there is very little evidence that this is true.Continue Reading
Tomato leaves have tomatine in them, which is actually found in a green tomato before it ripens. Fried green tomatoes are an iconic American food and are not considered a dangerous item to consume. In large quantities, the leaves can be toxic, however, so it is advisable not to regularly consume these leaves.
Tomatine has been found to lower LDL cholesterol and help fight cancer. Some ways to consume these leaves is to cook in tomato sauces, brew into teas, eat as fresh young leaves as greens and incorporate into pesto.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
Plants such as the tobacco, belladonna and eggplant are part of the nightshade family. Nightshades, also known as Solanaceae, thrive in temperate conditions, such as those found in tropical regions.Full Answer >
It is possible that eating tomatoes, which are part of the nightshade family, could trigger an arthritis flare-up, explains About.com. However, there has been no research to show that tomatoes definitively cause arthritis pain as of 2015.Full Answer >
Snakeberry is a variety of nightshade with the scientific name Solanum dulcamara. It is also known as bittersweet or woody nightshade. It is a vine with a woody stem and has bright red egg-shaped berries that are not harmful to birds but are poisonous to humans.Full Answer >
While tomato leaves are considered to be poisonous, a large quantity of leaves would have to be consumed to have any serious effects on a human. If a large quantity of leaves is eaten, possible effects include headache, abdominal cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory and circulatory depression and dilated pupils.Full Answer >