By: Jacob and Emeka
The wild tomato species are native to western South America from Ecuador south to northern Chile and the Galapagos Islands.
There are two competing hypotheses of the origin of domestication of tomato, one supporting a Peruvian origin, another a Mexican origin. A mexican origin and a peruvian origin.
The Spanish Conquistadores firstly discovered the tomato in the first half of the XVI century, when after landing in America, they bumped into the red fruit.
Explorers brought back the seed Europe from Mexico. Italians first grew the tomato about 1550 and apparently were the first Europeans to eat it. About 25 years later it was grown in English, Spanish, and mid-European gardens as a curiosity, with little or no interest in it then as food. The French gave it the name pomme d'amour; hence the English and early American term "love apple."
In spite of the fact that in the New World the tomato was already part of native Aztecs’ daily diet, the tomato was carried back to Europe only for ornamental purposes, as it was thought that its fruits were poisonous
They were first accepted as a vegetable in southern Europe during the late 16th century.
Tomato substituted Egg Plant
Middle Eastern Stuffed Tomotoes
Through these recipes the tomato took on the role of fillers and sauces in meals. Often time, the tomato would become a staple food in cultures due to the easiness of growing the fruit.