Posted by Patricia Bingham on August 25, 1998 at 04:15:24:
In response to Attack of the killer tomatoes, written by Linden on August 25, 1998 at 02:39:53
Here is the scoop from Food & Drink in Britain from the Stone Age to the 19c by C. Anne Wilson. It's the only food book I happen to have by my side without looking for my other ones and waking everybody up!
...The new world had native fruits... unknown in Europe and one that was known for many years before it one acceptance was the tomato. ...Usually called apples of love because of their supposed aphrodisiac properties and a yellow variety also existed to which was given the name golden apples... While Spaniards (and other hot regions) were eating apples in oil, vinegar and pepper mixed together for sauce to their meat,... in England the fruits were veiwed with great circumspection. Becuase the 'wholeplant is of rank and stinking savor,' and because it was known to be of the same family as the nightshade, tomatoes were considered a dangerous food...cultivated in gardens only as a curiosity... and it was only until the later 18c that they were admitted cautiously to English cuisine... When the tomatoe began to gain acceptance it was usually cooked an pulped for soups, or made into a sharp pickle with vinegar, garlic and ginger. At first the golden tomatoes were often used, and Alexander Hunter's Mock tomato sauce' for those who could not obtain the genuine article, was based upon sharp apples mixed with enough tumeric to produce the right shade of yellow. After a few decades cooked tomatoes were widely accepted, and still later candied tomatoes and tomato jam enjoyed some vogue. But more than three hundred years elapsed before the Elizabethan apples of love became the salad tomatoes of twentieth-century Britain.
When I get the chance I'll go through Jane's cookbooks and see if any of the recipes include tomatoes... That might speak volumes. I think Mock turtle soup has tomatoes and so does another Indian soup dish which was quite popular. As this article suggests, by this time tomatoes would be found in soups and stews but not salads. In England that is.
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