As a side note, I’ve never actually heard someone pronounce tomato “ta-ma-toe” ever, except when using that phrase.

Knowing that kind of ruins Nightshade from the comics a little bit, doesn’t it?

The French calling tomatoes “pommes d’amore”, or “apples of love”, may be either due to a mistranslation of the Italian “pomi de More”, or “apples of the Moors”, or the fact that it was thought to be an aphrodisiac.  Either way, it was thought to be an aphrodisiac regardless.  It took a while for people to realize that tomatoes aren’t poisonous or aphrodisiacs.  I wish it had taken longer.