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Posted on 12 June 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Deadly Tomatoes

By Kira Hamman

A few hundred years ago, people thought that tomatoes were poisonous.

Western people, that is, not the South Americans who had been eating them for several thousand years at that point.

Because tomatoes (along with potatoes, eggplant, and peppers, to name a few) belong to the Solanaceae family, which also includes plants like deadly nightshade, mandrake, and tobacco, it seems they suffered from guilt by association. And it’s true that tomato plants do bear a striking resemblance to some of those poisonous ones, so maybe people were wise to be cautious.

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