- Education and Science
The Tomato~Banned in Rome
What Is A "Love Apple"?
Can you believe that the common tomato (aka "love apple") was "Banned in Rome"? Well, it was; the "tomato" was banned because of being called a "love apple"; that "... tomato moniker [name] ... originated in the 16th century when tomatoes from North Africa were known in Italy as pomo dei Mori, or "apples of the Moors." That phrase was transliterated to the French pomme d'amour . . . "love apple."
My information source? Food Lovers Companion.
This name for the lovely tomato could have gotten it banned by the Church of Rome!
Read on to learn more!
[Seasonal Eating at its best! Heirloom Tomatoes--
Image from Mother Earth News]
"Pomme d'amour": Banned by the Church of Rome!
Lacivious Tomato? A little food humor--
"At times thought of as an aphrodisiac (thus the name "Love Apple" or pomme d'amour) and always thought of as delicious, the tomato's sensuous curves and delicate flesh have resulted in the occasional riot. In fact, the Church of Rome banned it for lewd and lascivious behavior for nearly 150 years."
[from Cooking Up a Story.]
Excuse me, but how can a fruit behave lasciviously?
Why was it banned? Some mistakenly thought is was the "apple" that Eve offered Adam. The Church of Rome called it "the devil's fruit". To read more about this scandalous fruit read BELOVED TOMATO - THE SCANDALOUS FRUIT by Patricia Conant, columnist and food writer.
Photo from Zenera on flickr
Someone Else Dislikes Tomatoes - Tomato Song Video
Fruit or Vegetable?
Botanically speaking, the tomato, along with cucumbers, squash and similar foods, is a fruit because it is fleshy -- oo la la --and covers seeds.
The "almost true" tale of how the tomato came to Italy:
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Tomato and Zuchinni Compliment Each Other! - As if we did not know that already--more food humor!
Image from Fishwich files
The Tomato is a Vegetable!
In 1893, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that [tomatoes] were vegetables because they were served with dinner and not dessert.
Fruit or Vegetable?
Scientists say fruit!
The Supreme Court says veggie!
What do you say?
So what is the tomato?
Lacivious? What does that mean?
As in Tomato?
1. inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd: a lascivious, girl-chasing old man.
2. arousing sexual desire: lascivious photographs.
3. indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or lewdness: a lascivious gesture.
Again, how can a tomato be lascivious?
Is the tomato lacivious?
Do You think I'm Sexy? (asks the Tomato!)
Food Lover's Companion
This is a great source for vegetables and the banned tomato! It is where I found some of the tidbits used here.
What does that mean? Linguistics?
It means: " to represent or spell in the characters of another alphabet."
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: trans- + Latin littera letter
Mirriam Webster-Online You can listen to the pronunciation there!
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Yes or No? I wanna know right now! Do you love me? (from Paradise by the Dashboard Light performed by Meat Loaf -- topped off with tomato sauce!)