Tomato History: Poisonous???

Poison-TomatoesTomato comes from Central America Countries and it was originally cultivated by the famously blood thirsty Aztecs and Incas explorer Cortez, who conquered the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, later to be renamed Mexico City, in 1521.

The English name tomatoderives from the Aztec Nahuatl Language “tomatl” that means “Fat Water” or “Fat Thing”.

As the tomato arrived in Europe the plant became associated with poisonous members of the Solanceae family, specifically henbane, mandrake and deadly nightshade, to which it bore more than a passing resemblance.

Deadly nightshade is a poisonous plant which has been used as both a hallucinogenic drug and a beauty aid in different parts of Europe. The Latin name “belladonna” means beautiful woman, in the medieval courts of Europe ladies would apply a few drops of nightshade extract to their eyes to dilate their pupils, a look considered most fashionable at the time.

In Italy, we call them Pomodoro because the tomato was incorrectly aligned in the first moment with the eggplant and about 10 years later with a particular kind of yellow apple and it was given the name “pomi d’oro” or “golden apple”. The common German name for tomatoes translates to “wolf peach”, and because of this it was universally avoided. In the 18th century the tomato species was named Lycopersicon esculentum, which literally means, “edible wolf peach”.

I love eating Tomato and fortunately “for me”, nowadays they are easly found everywhere 🙂

Tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable as lots of people believe

and obviously Tomatoes are not poisonous, do not be afraid to eat them 🙂


Posted on February 23, 2014, in Cooking, Food, Tomato, Traveling and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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