Pulp fic­tion?!

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Is it a fruit? Is it a veg­etable? Or a tool to help witches fly? Toma­toes made their way to Europe from South Amer­ica in the mid-1500s and got caught up in the on­go­ing witch-hunt­ing craze. It was ru­moured this for­eign fruit was used to make an oint­ment that witches smeared on their broom­sticks so they could soar away and cast evil spells. Toma­toes are in the same botan­i­cal fam­ily as nox­ious night­shade and hal­lu­cino­genic man­drake, but they are re­ally their sim­pler, tastier cousins. We know that now… or do we? When mil­lions of tomato seeds were sent into outer space in a NASAspon­sored science stu­dent pro­gram, toxic tomato sto­ries went vi­ral. The seeds had re­turned as fully-formed red and juicy treats, but the pupils never got to taste their ex­per­i­ment. A leaked in­ter­nal memo from NASA stated there was a chance the seeds could have been ex­posed to cos­mic ra­di­a­tion. Even the com­pany that sup­plied the seeds warned of poi­sonous mu­ta­tions. So the poor po­modoros were pulped. NASA even­tu­ally re­peated the trial, but to avoid the pre­vi­ous panic, used basil. A harm­less herb which ac­tu­ally goes nicely with toma­toes.

Were toma­toes used by witches?

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