Believe it or not, in early colonial America, one of the most dreaded, most feared of all poisonous plants was — the TOMATO! People grew it as an ornamental bush, but to think about actually EATING it was a horror! Certain that he would die a quick and painful death, a crowd assembled on the courthouse square in Salem, NJ on September 26th, 1820 to watch the rich and eccentric Colonel Johnson actually attempt to EAT one of these poisonous fruits! Hear what happened next in this delightful old time radio dramatization from the classic program “You Are There” of this fascinating true episode from American history. (25 minutes)
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