It's seductive harlot red colour, the sensuous, slightly sweet flesh bursting with juicy splendour - proved far too much for the Church Fathers who called it scandalous. Some even thought that this and not the apple was the fruit that Eve offered her Adam. And, like that famous pair, was cast out of Eden but to the farthest stretches of the earth far, far away from the first prototypes of humanity.
Still others suggested that since this was such a tempting, obviously forbidden fruit that the lost Eden could only be in South America. Yes, it upset the Church of Rome to its foundations. More unsettling to the patriarchal church, was that it was deemed the very symbol of woman - tempting, bewitching, and a threat to male dominance. Worse yet, the plant is hermaphrodite, or is a perfect plant containing all it needs to self pollinate. The cautious fervent avoided the tomato for almost 150 years but it began to emerge in old culinary texts as a garnish or decorative puree by mostly the Spanish and Italians.
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