Tomatoes in the Old World

Returning from Mexico to Spain, Conquistadors brought back seeds of tomatoes in the 16th Century.

Date:
      16th Century
Occupation:
      Conquistadors
Location:
      Mexico to Spain Voyage


Additional Information:

  • Tomato – Wikipedia
    The tomato (see pronunciation) is the edible fruit of Solanum lycopersicum,[2] commonly known as a tomato plant, which belongs to the nightshade family, Solanaceae.
  • Tomatoes – The World’s Healthiest Foods
    Did you know that tomatoes do not have to be a deep red color to be an outstanding source of lycopene? Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that has long been associated with the deep red color of many tomatoes.
  • Tomato History | A Brief History Lesson about the Tomato
    The Tomato History has origins traced back to the early Aztecs around 700 A.D; therefore it is believed that the tomato is native to the Americas. It was not until around the 16th century that Europeans were introduced to this fruit when the early explorers set sail to discover new lands.
  • Tomato History: From Poison to Obsession | Planet Natural
    During Colonial Times, we wouldn’t put a tomato near our mouths, let alone try to eat one. Folklore had it that if you ate a tomato, its poison would turn your blood into acid. Instead, the colonists grew tomatoes purely for decoration.
  • History of Tomatoes – Flavourfresh Solfresh
    Tomatoes originated from the Andes, in what is now called Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador – where they grew wild. They were first cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas as early as 700 AD.

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