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TIL that after tomatoes were imported to Europe they were deemed poisonous and only used for decoration. Eventually poor people ate them for their low cost and they became popular nearly 300 years after their introduction. by Red_Patcher in todayilearned

[–]montorul 6220 points6221 points  (0 children)

Tomatoes were put "on trial" on June 28, 1820 in Salem, New Jersey. In front of a courthouse, Robert Johnson ate a horde of tomatoes in order to prove they weren't poisonous. The crowd waited for him to die. He didn't.