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- n. A toxic glycoalkaloid found in the stems and leaves of tomato plants, which has fungicidal properties.
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The tiny red and black mottled water balloons gently explode their melted tomatine flesh over the rice, staining the yellow and white grains to a peach and pink as the sweet juice weeps down through the pile.
Green tomatoes also contain tomatine and have the same effect.
Tomato leaves have long been considered potentially toxic because they contain a defensive alkaloid, tomatine, but recent research has found that tomatine binds tightly to cholesterol molecules in our digestive system, so that the body absorbs neither the alkaloid nor its bound partner.
Other animal carcinogens -- quercetin glycosides and hydrogen peroxide -- lurk within tomatoes, as does tomatine, which interferes with nerve transmission.