EN on Foods

September 2001 Issue

Fruit or Vegetable, Tomatoes Are Terrific

The Folklore: While Italy has made tomatoes a staple of its cuisine, tomatoes first made their home in the Americas, cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas as early as 700 A.D. In the 16th century, tomato seeds were taken back to Europe by the conquistadors and they became an instant success in the Mediterranean countries of Spain, Portugal and Italy. The British, while admiring its brilliant red color, rejected it as a food, believing it was poisonous.

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