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Why Are My Potatoes Producing Tomatoes

Okay, so I'm new to this allotment mallarky, having taken on my first this year. I'm growing Maris Piper, King Edward and Pink Fir Apple. They have all flowered well but now, only on the King Edward, there are tomatoes.

Yes, tomatoes. Little green ones. They might be something else, but whatever kind of something else they are, they are something else's that look exactly like tomatoes. 

Is it just me? Do they ripen? Can I eat them? Harvest them? Make chutney with them? I do only have three though. Very odd. Any ideas? image



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 69,138

    The are the fruit containing the seeds of the potato plant and they are poisonous -


    People new to potato growing are sometimes confused by the term 'seed potatoes'.  They are not the green fruit that you have seen.  Seed potatoes are the potatoes from the the roots of potato plants grown from potato seeds, and these are what potato growers like you planted back in the spring.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    Please don't eat the tomato like fruits on your potato plants - they are poisonous image

    Pam x

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Tomatoes and potatoes are from the same family, that's why their "fruit" looks th same. As already said, potatoes' fruit is toxic, so don't eat it. You can pull them off and compost them if you want.

  • TheSlothTheSloth Posts: 38

    Wow, thank you. I definitely won't eat them. How odd though, I'm discovering all sorts of weird and wonderful information on here. Who would have thought that growing your own veg could be so delightfully lethal. image

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,599

    The juice of Lettuce is a quite strong narcotic, bet you did not know that either.

  • TheSlothTheSloth Posts: 38

    Any particular lettuce? I have Webb's, Cos and Little Gem. Do you just suck the juice out? image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 69,138
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • TheSlothTheSloth Posts: 38

    "It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is "soporific."

    I'm quite soporific enough thank you very much lol image

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    And rhubarb leaves are not good for you - only eat the stalks.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Are slugs edible?-just a thoughtimage

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