Apples of Sodom


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a fruit described by ancient writers as externally of fair appearance but dissolving into smoke and ashes when plucked; Dead Sea apples. The name is often given to the fruit of Solanum Sodomæum, a prickly shrub with fruit not unlike a small yellow tomato.

See also: Apple

References in classic literature ?
Had the apples of Sodom turned to ashes in my mouth, I could not have felt a more startling revulsion.