the Colombian exchange

Exchange between the Old and New Worlds

Did you know that some of the products we know and love today might not have ever made it to this continent? When Columbus began his explorations and inspired many others to do the same, he began this process of exchange. Items from the "old world" (Europe, Asia, Africa) began to show up in the "new world" (North and South America) and like wise items from the new world began being taken back to the old world.


Tomatoes are a new world product that make their way back to the old world. This exchange had a big impact on traditional foods on the European Continent, especially in the country of Italy. Today Italy is known for its pasta and pizza made with tomato sauce.

Sweet Potatoes

The sweet potato is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens.

The avocado is a tree native to Mexico and Central America, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel.




The pineapple is a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries, and the most economically significant plant in the Bromeliaceae family.

The chili pepper is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. In Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and other Asian countries, the word "pepper" is usually omitted.