The tomato is used for storage, and the
strawberry is filled with an abrasive. You can clean and sharpen
your pins and needles by poking the strawberry.
According to folklore, placing a tomato on the
mantle of a new home guaranteed prosperity and
repelled evil spirits. If tomatoes were out of season,
families improvised by using a round ball of red
fabric filled with sand or sawdust. The good-luck
symbol also served a practical purpose - a place
to store pins.
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