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July 5, 2012 6:06 am

Egyptian Islamists Ban Tomatoes for Being a “Christian Food”

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An Islamic group says tomatoes are a "Christian food" because when sliced, their insides resemble a cross. Photo: Robert Wetzlmayr.

An Islamic group said tomatoes are forbidden to eat because they are a “Christian food,” according to a report on

The “Popular Egyptian Islamic Association” posted on Facebook that the tomato “praises the cross instead of Allah,” claiming that the interior of a tomato resembles a cross when the tomato is cut in half.

Additionally, the group cited “a sister from Palestine who saw the Prophet of Allah in a vision and he was crying, warning his nation against eating [tomatoes].”

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  • Michael
  • kat kommander

    …”They hated Me without a cause”… even tomatoes? …May Jesus Forgive them…

  • Rick Nickles

    that’s insane – it doesn’t look like a cross at all when I cut a tomato in half –

  • Manooshka

    This is sheer nonsense! Not only the content of the article but mainly its title! What purpose does it serve? I really can’t get it! Referring to the unknown “Popular Egyptian Islamic Association” as “Egyptian Islamists” has one purpose: spreading chaotic panic! Unless of course it is meant as a joke… of very bad taste! What now, are we supposed to reply with stories about the Amish as representatives of Christianity? Come one… a break please! We should not dignify such crap by spreading it!

  • Not one reply calling out the ridiculousness of this claim ?
    When tomatoes are Christian food…what does that make my cat eating tomatoes ?
    A Christian cat ? I’m not Christian this lifetime nor is my cat. We don’t attend churches nor do we believe in a man on a cloud with a beard being displeased with what we do in life.
    Stop hiding behind foods and other useless remarks that have no value.
    Be real, be human, love, life, together.