The small golden tomatoes looked irresistibly delicious piled in open tubs at my local farmers’ market. If you had popped one in your mouth - as I did - you would have agreed they are super sweet. Like candy. And I’ve become totally enamored of them. Is this normal? I searched Google for a diagnosis.
Strange as it may seem, this small yellow tomato was considered toxic when it was first introduced to Europe in the 16th century. Botanists assumed tomatoes were as as hazardous as the other nightshade plants they knew: belladonna and mandrake. Tomatoes were immediately consigned to decorative gardens, along with the other nightshade newcomer from South America, the potato. (That’s the official story.)