All swallow the love-apple bait presented by some wicked genius of the devil, who sports with the affections of mankind.
So far was he concern'd in looking after that love-apple, or Night-shadow, for the cure of his own burning distemper.
It was first used for ornamental purposes and was called "love-apple."
"tomato," 1570s, corresponding to French pomme d'amour, German liebesapfel, but the reason for the term remains obscure. One guess is that it is a corruption of Italian pomo de'Mori or Spanish pome dei Moro, literally "Moorish apple."