By Michelle Fabio
We know tomatoes as juicy, tasty, and simply delicious, but it wasn’t always this way.
The tomato is said to have been around since as early as 700 A.D. growing wild in the Andes of South America and cultivated by Incas and Aztecs; somehow tomatoes eventually ended up in Central America, and when the Spanish began colonizing America, they took red, seedy fruit to the Caribbean, the Philippines, Asia, and, of course, Europe.
By the 16th century, tomatoes were widely grown and eaten throughout the Mediterranean region where the climate was perfect for growing. Indeed, the earliest tomato recipe can be found in a cookbook from
The tomato wasn’t welcomed as kindly in
It wasn’t until the mid to late 1700s that the tomato became popular in its native hemisphere. Third United States President Thomas Jefferson, having eaten tomatoes in
So, actually, although the tomato has been around for over a thousand years, it has only recently become a common sight in gardens and on dinner tables.
Thank goodness for progress!