Oval hole in tomatoes!!!


Old 07-28-04, 04:02 PM
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Oval hole in tomatoes!!!

Got my first red tomatoe today (New Jersey crop - early girls and Rutgers). It has oval holes in a few spaces. Any idea what this is from? If from bugs how do i identify /get rid of them so I can save the rest of the crop. My friend says I need to throw this tomato out - but I'm thinking it is still good - can it still be eaten safely???
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Old 07-28-04, 07:13 PM
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If the holes look clean as if they were chewed into the fruit it may be from squirrels or tomato hornworms. The fruit would be safe to eat if washed.

The easiest way to get rid of hornworms is to pick them off of the plants. They are quite large and easy to see and remove.


Hope this helps.

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