The tomato is an edible fruit of Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant. The Aztec word tomatl gave rise to the Spanish word “tomate”, where the English word tomato comes from. Its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the world after the Spanish colonization of the Americas.
The Spanish also brought the tomato to Europe. It grew easily in Mediterranean climates, and cultivation began in the 16th century. It was probably eaten shortly after it was introduced, and was certainly being used as food by the early 17th century in Spain. In Britain, tomatoes were grown mainly for aesthetic purposes.
Although some called the tomatoes ‘love apples’, nobody dared to taste them. Legend has it that a nobleman, desperate from unrequited love, decided to kill himself… and ate a basketful of tomatoes…
In the early 1700s, tomato seeds were brought into the 13 US colo
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