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"And just bring out the cold chicken and tomatoes!"
Gandalf to Bilbo Baggins, An Unexpected Party

Tomatoes were supposedly a plant known to the Hobbits.

They were referenced in the first edition of The Hobbit, but Tolkien changed this to "pickles" in the second edition since the American plantlife would not fit in his setting of ancient Middle-earth; however see potatoes and pipe-weed.