Long Islanders have a summer love affair with tomatoes
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As popular as tomatoes are today, there was a time when our ancestors avoided them like the plague. The juicy, red fruits we've grown to love sliced over mozzarella with basil and a drizzle of olive oil, cooked into a sauce for pasta or layered onto a sandwich, once were believed to be poisonous.
Tomato leaves and stems are, in fact, toxic if ingested, as the plant belongs to the Solanaceae...