This comes from the The City Tavern and is good. Tomatoes were slow to gain popularity in the New World because many believed that this member of the nightshade family was poisonous. However, Thomas Jefferson, who was introduced to tomatoes in France, where they were called "love apples," championed them tirelessly. He was the first American to plant what he called "tomatas" at Monticello and in the White House, virtually forcing friends and guests to shrug off their prejudices and give them a try. He even went so far as to eat a tomato in public to prove that they weren't poisonous.