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.