I don't know about the origines of the Serbian word, but our word is "paradižnik". It is derived from the word "paradíž" what is a synonym of "raj" (heaven, paradise in English). Thus a fruit from the heaven. My wild guess is that the Serbian/Croatian(?) word "rajčica" is also from somewhere there.
This thread puts me in deep thought There must be some mistake here! A pomegranate is not a tomato and that`s for sure. There can be no biblical connection since tomatoes were imported from America long after those times.In Czech, it's rajské jablko (or unformal rajče). The name was introduced by Kryštof Harant. He just translated the Italian pomo del Paradiso. According to Harant, the name refers to biblic:
When they came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down from there a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a staff 23 between two men, as well as some of the pomegranates and the figs. (Numbers 13:23).
Of course, tomatoes are not mentioned in the Bible, but paradise apples are. Different peoples explained what's exactly was meant, differently.This thread puts me in deep thought There must be some mistake here! A pomegranate is not a tomato and that`s for sure. There can be no biblical connection since tomatoes were imported from America long after those times.
In Bulgarian tomato is домат, pomegranate is нар and persimmon is райска ябълка.
I think that comes from Latin , not French!
And to go back all the way: it ultimately comes from Avestan pairidaeza-, “a wall enclosing a garden or orchard". The Greeks (Xenephon is mentioned in this respect) took the word but changed its meaning from 'wall enclosing a garden', to 'garden (enclosed by a wall)'. See here."ORIGIN Old French paradis, from Greek paradeisos ‘royal park’"
Yes, certainly, we can safely assume that the Romanian word too is a "Habsburg monarchy word". (Of course, as has been said, of Avestan origin but coined in this specific meaning in the Habsburg Empire.)The Romanians from Banat use the word "paradaisa" for tomato. Obviously, it comes from the word Paradise - via Austrian Empire who ruled nations like: Romanians, Serbians, Slovenians, Croatians, Bosnians, Hungarians, etc.