Yes, I think so, too. And because the sentence is not one I was expecting (I mean, who says "the earth doesn't taste good"?), I really struggled.
On that note, is "tero" closer to "dirt", or "earth" as an entity. I assume its related to "terra".
shouldn't my answer be incorrect, since I capitalized earth? IOW, doesn't tero have to be capitalized for it to refer to the planet?
I think it follows the same logic of the Romance languages, so "Tero" is soil, dirt, land, the ground under our feet. Therefore it was obvious to call this planet "terra" and it is so in all Romance languages until today. How English followed a different path between the two words is something I don't know ( yet). By the way, "terra" ending in "a" gives the idea of femininity so as an entity "terra" is a woman, a mother that gives life "la Tero patrino"?