How did the tomato get the name Love Apple?

Tomatoes belong to the nightshade family, which also includes eggplants, potatoes, tobacco, and peppers. For their idea that the exotic tomato had sexual properties, the French gave it the name pomme d’amour, or Love Apple. Heirlooms not only offer fantastic flavors and colors, but also fantastic names that pay homage to their origins, growers, or simply whimsy.