Europeans feared eating tomatoes for 200 years, because when wealthy Europeans using pewter plates, high in lead content, ate tomatoes off the plates, the high acidity in tomatoes would cause the fruit to leach lead from the plate, resulting in many deaths from lead poisoning.
Italy didn’t have tomatoes until 1548, which is why traditional Italian food doesn’t use tomatoes.
A bill was introduced in Maine to outlaw tomatoes in clam chowder.
According to legend, everyone in America used to think tomatoes were poisonous, due to them being a member of the nightshade family. In 1820, New Jersey resident Robert Gibbon Johnson ate tomatoes in front of a large crowd to prove they were edible.
Ketchup was originally a fermented fish sauce and did not include tomatoes, as tomatoes were thought to be poisonous at that time.