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The Tomato~Banned in Rome

Updated on August 23, 2017

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

Inflected Form(s):

transliterated; transliterating

Etymology: trans- + Latin littera letter

Date: 1861

Mirriam Webster-Online You can listen to the pronunciation there!

Go and Sin No More~or DO Sin Some More - Tomato Lenses of Note

OK, so you do not want to ban the tomato from your kitchen. Go read other lenses that use tomatoes in really good recipes!

So, is the tomato "Devil's Food?"

"Devil's Food?"

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!)

Do YOU think "love apples" are evil?

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      4 years ago

      I haven't realized tomatoes are banned in Rome. This fact really tickled my interest. And oh, at some point the reasons of banning tomatoes are funny. Very interesting and engaging lens. Looking forwards on reading other lens like this from you.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      6 years ago

      What a fascinating read! Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      I Love Love Apples ;)

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      7 years ago

      I like tomatoes on everything. Have you ever tried a grilled cheese sandwich with a tomato cooked in? Mmmmmm, good.

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      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      Love those love apples! I didn't know that fact about tomatoes. What an interesting fact! This is a great lens!

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      8 years ago

      Wow! Tomatoes are lacivious? I must have live a sheltered life.

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      What a wonderful and educational lens about those naughty, naughty tomatoes!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I love the Love Apples - and is this why potato is also a trifle risque? Ground apples? Blessed, naturally, with love

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 

      9 years ago

      Just gave you your 6th 5 star rating....much deserved!....great lens :)

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      Linda Hoxie 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      Very humorous lens, love tomatoes. We just got through planting 24 plants in our garden. If you have never had a fresh ripe tomato from the garden....then you have never had a tomato! They do taste a little sinful! lol

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I love tomatoes. A salad isn't a salad with tomatoes. Great lens. 5*.

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      9 years ago

      I love tomatoes, the fresher the better! Nothing beats picking a tomato off the vine, and eating it while still warm from the sun. Far from evil - I feel that's about as close to heaven as you can get in this life!

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      9 years ago

      I like tomatoes, preferably on top of cheese on toast with a sprinkling more cheese on top of that, black pepper (freshly ground) and a few minutes under the grill :) 5*


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