Subway End Tomatoes!

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Ugh! End tomatoes again!

One of my biggest pet peeve when eating a Subway is the high degree of end tomatoes in their subs. What am I talking about? The part of the tomato closest to the part that connected to the stem. As everyone knows when you cut a tomato starting from the bottom up eventually toward the top you are slicing tomatoes that have have either a white or green tough round part in the middle. These are generally not the most desirable slices as the middle part is tough and tastes a little bitter and unripe.

Being somewhat health conscious these days as most people are I have often switched from eating at McDonald's, KFC, or Burger King over to Subway. Even though it is clear that subway is much more expensive, which seems odd to me considering that their subs consist mostly of vegetables which are very low cost.

But the biggest thing that bothers me about the subs they serve are end tomatoes. Now if you are cutting a tomato the most end tomatoes you should be seeing from one tomato might be one or possibly two. How does it happen then that when you receive your sub and it has possibly 8 - 10 tomato slices that almost all of them are end tomatoes? That can't be coincidental. Something must be going on.

I mean do they have a deal with a supplier for lower grade tomatoes? Maybe an agreement to take all the end tomatoes at a much lower wholesale cost? Perhaps it is Subway's practice to always have their workers get rid of the end tomatoes first and I am just coming in at the wrong time? This sounds silly I know but I am at a loss to understand just how I can get subs on a fairly regular basis with almost all end tomatoes.

I suppose there are no easy answers. I could tell the sandwich artist that I want fresh tomatoes that aren't end tomatoes but what happens when you look down and see just end tomatoes to choose from. Also the embarrassing nature of having to tell them that is something I am not willing to do every time I go there.

Oh well, I suppose it isn't the end of the world. At least they're fresh. But I have a task for you, the reader, next time you eat at Subway open up your sub, check your tomatoes and let me know what you think. Can it be normal to get mostly end tomatoes? Also let me know if you have any pet peeves about a fast food restaurant in the comments below. I'd love to hear it.

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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is a good and interesting hub that I will share. I was not aware of this at Subway because I usually don't get tomatoes on my sandwiches there. But when I use tomatoes in my own food, I cut the ends off because not only do they look unappetizing, they taste it as well. Thank you for making me aware of this.


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MisterMagic 5 years ago from Chicago IL

....LOL.....

End tomatoes. But you've got a point. A lot of these tomatoes are injected with hormones to make them "perfect". And sometimes end tomatoes may be used because the main part of the tomato may not be fresh enough to serve.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

Alecia Murphy - no problem, I guess it isn't anything horrible just a pet peeve, but I do wonder how a sub can have all end tomatoes. Thanks for sharing it too :)


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

MisterMagic - I didn't realize they were injected to rippen their tomatoes, do you think that may explin why they have more end tomatoes? Possibly the internal stem not having rippened goes deeper into the tomato? Maybe that is what I was missing.


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teaches12345 5 years ago

I love tomatoes. They are full of healthy vitamins and taste good with just about anything. I try to buy the organic or local farmer's green market offerings for quality purposes. It's been some time since I've had a tasty tomato slice on any sandwich I've ordered at a restaurant. Guess they buy what's cost effective. Never have eaten the end tomatoes because they are hard to chew and taste bland.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

I love tomatoes as well teaches12345 and they are very healthy, like you said the end tomatoes are pretty difficult to enjoy. Possibly it is a cost effective issue with Subway.


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Leaderofmany 5 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

I usually will not get tomatoes on a sandwich of any kind because of this reason and the fact some are not very fresh. Working in the restaurant business for several years many moons ago has opened my eyes to things I didn't want to know.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

I understand what you mean Leaderofmany I worked at a fish processing plant in the far past and it opened my eyes up to what people are putting on their plates.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

The Subway I go to must be picky. They cut that part out. I have never gotten one of these end pieces. I do tell them that I only want the really ripe tomatoes and they will pick some out that are redder to put on mine. They have gotten to where they know me and what I want. LOL, I guess I do go quite a bit.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

Well you must be lucky Becky, or maybe like you said they know you and are nice about it. Overall I still think it is a good place to eat as it is healthy.


ChuckG 5 years ago

We have one Subway and they skimp on tuna salad, so mostly we're eating bread. Don't go there anymore. I also never order tomatoes anywhere. Use to work at fast food place and "fresh" isn't always fresh.


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breeze216 5 years ago from A Tiny Little Town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, VA

You should never pay that money for end tomatoes. That is robbery.

I do not get tomatoes on my sub at all NOR do I buy them from the grocery store. Probably because every fall we get a boxful every week of huge, juicy tomatoes from my father in law. Once you eat tomatoes like that, the others have no taste....so there is no point in buying them.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

ChuckG - I totally understand what you mean :P thanks for commenting.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

breeze216 - your right it is robbery, veggies are so cheap it seems a little hard to pay so much for substandard veggies. I guess I should really just be buying fresh ones and making my own sandwiches, it would be a lot cheaper. Thanks a bunch breeze216


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

I used to find those ends in my sandwiches, and not just at Subway. So, I began ordering all of them without tomato, then when I got the san, I went back and said that I changed my mind, could I get them on the side... They were always good ones that way. Just a thought.


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

ugh!! Now I don't know anymore what is safe to eat. I suppose we can never be too sure about anything... I voted you up


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

RichardSpeaks - maybe your right I should ask for them on the side and see how that goes.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

carol3san - I know what you mean, I want to eat subway as a healthy alternative to all the burger joints but if they are not feeding us the right stuff I am not sure I want to eat it either.


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

Not to upset your applecart, terrektwo, their breads are not the healthiest, either. And no mayo. Forget the chips and the sweet colas as well. Otherwise, they're fine...


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

RichardSpeaks - I suppose that is true, I find myself eating a sub then having cookies and a coke, and I suppose that is reversing the healthy factor. Maybe I should just give it up and go by the philosophy of my Dad. I used to tell him he should eat healthy and exercise but he said if he ate healthy food he didn't like and spent all his time trying to do things he didn't want to do just to prolong life the life wouldn't be worth living. He ate what he wanted and liked it that way.


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jbrock2041 5 years ago from Park City, UT

I love your rant, as I've had this rant many times after going to Subway. I've always had the rant about how not fresh their tomatoes are. Often, they seem to have a greenish tint to them and taste a bit sour. Especially since this year, I was able to grow my own tomatoes in my backyard and the taste difference between Subway's tomatoes and my home-grown tomatoes was about million points. Voted funny in a sarcastic kind of way. :)


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Well, I've been thinking about eating at Subway, after this rant, I will stick with 'The cracker Barrel' Their food is delicious and fresh...


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I am so with you on this, it really annoys me when I find the end bit of the tomato in my sandwich!


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

always exploring - hm...I have never tried the Cracker Barrel we don't have one here, what types of food they have?


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

jbrock2041 - I put up this response earlier but for some reason it didn't show up. I guess I did kind of mean it to be sarcastic/funny, I'm not really mad about it just annoyed and it seems silly to me to get end tomatoes. You are right about the garden tomatoes for sure, we grew a few plum tomato plants this past spring/summer. I had almost forgotten what really fresh tomatoes tasted like until I ate some from these plants, they were great!


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

Movie Master - glad were on the same page, it is annoying isn't it.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

We love tomatoes and if I order a sandwich somewhere I always ask for sliced tomaotes instead of potatoes.

Great helpful hub. I'll be following you now.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

lol potatoes, funny writer20 I suppose the end tomatoes could pass for potatoes :)


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Thank you for bringing this up. You deserve better. Sometimes there is nothing better than a good old fashioned home made sandwich when we have the time to make them. A nice delicious loaf of French, or bun sized bread, some choice cuts of meat at the deli, plus the cheese of your choice, plus a decent tomato, a head of lettuce that you can cut, and store in a plastic refrigerated container. Your choice of dressing to place on it. Warm it up, and you might get much more food for your money, and still use the best quality ingredients. I love restaurant food, but over the long haul , home cooking is great too. Thanks for the information. God Bless You.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

stars439 - you really got my mouth watering, you are right as well, the best thing to do would be to buy my own groceries and make it myself it would be much cheaper.


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SherryDigital 5 years ago from Here. There. Everywhere. Currently: Portland, OR

I actually noticed the same thing about Subway. As a teenager I was completely addicted to eating there but now in my late twenties I have learned to keep away from most convenience foods. Making your own sandwiches is the way to go. There is so much more variety and flavor in your own creations.

Even though some think they are making the healthy choice by eating a sub with veggies at a chain like Subway- they are actually eating vegetables that have been covered in pesticides and other toxins. Organic produce really isn't much more expensive than it's terrible pesticide covered cousins. Organics are especially inexpensive if you have a nice local farmer's market or Trader Joe's near by.

I'm glad you posted this. I am always interested in bringing attention to businesses that have shady practices. Best of luck with your hubs!


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

I've never noticed it but you'd better believe I will be checking my next Subway sub out for end tomato slices! :)


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

SherryDigital - you are right of course making your own sanwiches is cheaper and healthier in the long run. Maybe I just go to subway when I'm lazy I guess. Will try to make my own more I think.


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SherryDigital 5 years ago from Here. There. Everywhere. Currently: Portland, OR

Have you ever had a Publix sub? Oh goodness.. They are amazing.


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terrektwo 5 years ago from North America Author

I never have SherryDigital but I will try them out, thanks for the tip :)


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lionel1 4 years ago

I found Your Hub post 'Subway End Tomatoes' very interesting, it's an awesome Hub post. Thanks.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

lionel1 - thanks a lot, hope it at least made you laugh maybe someone from Subway will read and change the end tomatoes to good ones :)


Raza 4 years ago

I have worked at subway and prepared tomatoes. The issue is that most subway bosses don't allow the end parts of the tomatoes to be wasted. This is because each bin that the tomatoes are put into contains 16 tomatoes that means 16 end parts. This equals to about 2-3 subs. Now when the empolyee is serving the customer they don't feel comfortable giving the end parts out so they keep saving them until they have no other choice but to give them out and that's how you end up with 6 end parts of a tomato. Now it is perfectly fine asking for the middle parts of the tomato even if they don't have any up front. The thing is if you keep telling them to give u the middle part for a number of days than eventually they will start to do so without u having to ask them. But if you don't they won't stop. Make them see you as the person who wants the middle part of the tomato and your problem will be fixed


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Raza - he he, at last I have unlocked the secret to Subway's end tomatoes! Horray! Thanks so much for commenting, what you say makes total sense. It is too bad that Subway just doesn't realize end tomatoes should be thrown out but I will do like you say and ask specifically for just the middle parts. Or I will get my wife to do it because I'm too chicken, lol!


Raza 4 years ago

Terrektwo-Glad to help, if you have any other subway related issues do ask.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Now that I know someone on the inside I will :) Hope you didn't take offense at all being a worker from Subway. I didn't blame the workers at all. It was just a silly hub about end tomatoes and me wondering why. Thanks again.


Raza 4 years ago

I never take offense and i know what you mean but thanks


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Hsve a good one :)

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