This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The following funny piece - funny from an American point of view - is from the London Gardener's Chronicle. That the tomato is truly a first class hepatic renovator is now so well known here that no one questions it, that we know of. But we don't eat them like apples. We pepper or salt, or sugar, or oil, or vinegar them - just as the humor strikes one. We eat them as we eat oysters or cucumbers, and not like apples! It seems strange that after the general use for half a century here, there should be a question yet in England as to their wholesomeness.
It is these little things which come up once in in a while, which make it seem to an American that England moves slowly along. Some day when England applies to be admitted as one of the United States (and we shall be glad to have her), it may be different. But this is what the Chronicle says: "A clever writer has declared that in the eating of tomatoes lies the hope of the human race for deliverance from liver complaints. This should be good news alike to unfortunate sufferers from the ills to which the liver is heir and also to growers of the tomato. We may be pardoned for thinking that this assurance is a little exaggerated, and that, further, it is not probable that because of the discovery medical men will have to shut up shop. If but one tithe of the virtues found or said to be found in various fruits or compounds were genuine, death should long since have become unknown to us, and the human race should be enjoying the felicity of living in perfect health and beauty for ever. But whilst we may throw just a shade of doubt over the light of the tomato discovery, we can hardly offer any check to the general and, if the public like, unlimited consumption of that fruit. That they will ever become acceptable as ordinary uncooked fruits seems improbable.
A boy who would devour sour apples with gusto, and think himself the envy of the human race if he had a bushel of such acid and indigest ible products, would turn with disgust from the mawkishly sweet tomato. We must train a long while to get an appreciative palate for them, and when we have obtained that, too probably the appreciation for better fruits will be gone. Therefore we must fall back upon the tomato in its cooked form if we are to be saved from the horrors of bile and disorganized livers, and there it is our troubles begin, because it is not everyone who can cook a tomato. We may go further and say that, what with the difficulties with which bad seasons now and then beset the plants, it is not every one who can grow them. All the world eats potatoes, and to these we have already ascribed certain antiscorbutic properties. Who will so far become the benefactor of mankind, particularly that portion troubled with deranged livers, as to tack on to the potato the medicinal properties of its brother Solanum, the tomato? That would be indeed a glorious result, worthy the approbation of grateful humanity."