Love Apples and Tomatoes
Historically, apples have been tokens of love and fertility. The Norse gods ate apples to stay young and scholars say that Hebrew women washed with the sap of an apple for fertility. Apples have also been known for divining and fortune telling since ancient times. For example some old traditions :
Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.
If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.
So the phrase, "Mom, Country and Apple Pie" all refer to types of love.... maternal, patriotism and sexual. But, apples are NOT really the original aphrodisiac at all. What is?
The Spaniards believed that the tomato (nightshade vegetation) to really be the true romance inducing fruit and brought the seeds over to the US from South America. So "love apples" are not really apples at all, but tomatoes. And this is how we get the phrase, "She's a really hot tomato!"