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28/06/1820 Tomato is proven non-poisonous

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A Day In History: Tomatoes Are Not Poisonous!

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The History of the Tomato in 2 Minutes | Walks of Italy

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Where is the Tomato From?

Colonel Robert Gibbon ate a tomato on steps of courthouse in Salem, New Jersey. He wanted to demonstrate that tomatoes are edible, so he ate a whole basket. The tomato is native to western South America. Because it belongs of the deadly nightshade family, it was erroneously thought to be poisonous by Europeans.
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