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The history of tomato and the Europeans
A nickname for the fruit was the “poison apple” because it was thought that aristocrats got sick and died after eating them, but the truth of the matter was that wealthy Europeans used pewter plates, which were high in lead content. Because tomatoes are so high in acidity, the fruit would leach lead from the plate, resulting in many deaths from lead poisoning when placed on this particular tableware. No one made this connection between plate and poison at the time; the tomato was picked as the culprit.
who named it the poisonous apple?
One of the earliest references to tomatoes in Europe was made by the Italian herbalist Pietro Andrea Matthioli, who considered the toxic 'golden apple' to be nightshade and a mandrake - a class of foods known as aphrodisiacs.
When did they stop thinking tomatoes were poisonous?
To this day, the tomato's intensely perfumed leaves and stems are commonly thought to be toxic (they're not.) You may have heard that tomatoes were considered poisonous by all but a few Americans until the mid-1800s