One of the strangest things about the history of the tomato is the fact that, although it is of American origin, it was unknown as food in this country until long after it was commonly eaten in Europe!
Until hardly more than a hundred years ago it was generally thought to be poisonous in the United States.
Long before it was considered here as fit to eat, it was grown only as an ornamental garden plant, sometimes called "love apple."
Cultivated tomatoes apparently originated as wild forms in the Peru-Ecuador-Bolivia area of the Andes. They were later taken to Europe where the Italians started growing them around 1550 and apparently were the first Europeans to eat it.