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Word of the Day: tomato

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Tomatoes are grown around the world, but they’re native to South America. In their native habitat, several hundred years ago, tomatoes were anything but sought after. They were widely believed to be poisonous, along with other members of the nightshade family (like eggplants and potatoes) because of the high amounts of alkaloids in them. Today we have nothing to fear of tomatoes. In fact, we have only nutrients to gain. For the name tomato, we travel to its native land. The Aztecs named tomatoes for their soft skin, which makes it seem "swelled." The Italians had more romantic ideas. They call them pomodoro, which purportedly means “love apple.”

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