The History of Tomatoes in America

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2018/07/26 15:34:57 (permalink)

The History of Tomatoes in America

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    leethebard
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    Re: The History of Tomatoes in America 2018/07/26 18:26:37 (permalink)
    Now as a tomato lover, I found this history very interesting. For something feared and often little used, the tomato has certainly become a part of everyday life!! And when the Italians got a hold of it...hell the world changed!!!
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    Re: The History of Tomatoes in America 2018/07/26 21:43:55 (permalink)
    Hold on now. You mean Christopher Columbus didn't import tomatoes here from Italy?
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    Re: The History of Tomatoes in America 2018/07/26 22:08:38 (permalink)
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    Hold on now. You mean Christopher Columbus didn't import tomatoes here from Italy?

    No that was pizza!!
     
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    Re: The History of Tomatoes in America 2018/07/27 10:59:01 (permalink)
    Random comments:
     
    • Even though tomatoes have always been a staple on my family's table I do recall my grandfather (born 1900) telling me that, in his youth, many considered them to be poisonous as they (like tobacco) are members of the Nightshade family.  Nevertheless, he loved tomato juice laced with black pepper and/or Tabasco.
    • In my time at The University of Virginia I learned that Thomas Jefferson had cultivated and consumed tomatoes.  A search on Google turns up a vast literature on that topic.
    • In my experience it is most useful to know what you don't know.  Some of my most enlightening experiences have come through extensive travel both in the Andes and the Atlantic coast of South America.  There, there are fruits and vegetables totally unknown in the U.S. and Europe - and most of them are doggone tasty. 
     
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