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LYCOPERISCUM

aka the wolfpeach

Tomatoes were first brought back to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century and were met with much fear and concern. Because of their similarities with other nightshades such as belladonna and mandrake, they were believed to not only be poisonous but to actually be fruit of the devil that witches would use for spells and to turn people (or themselves) into werewolves! These beliefs ran so deep that the scientific name for tomato is still “lycopersicum” which roughly translates to “wolfpeach”.