Tomatoes were grown for hundreds of years in Central
and South American and Mexico. In the mid 1500s, tomatoes
were grown in Spain, France and Italy. In colonial
America, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous and
were grown as an ornamental plant called the "love
apple." The odor of the leaves made people think
it was poisonous. By the mid 1800s, they were accepted
as an edible vegetable.