The History of the Arrival of the Tomato in Europe:
An Initial Overview
Despite its initial lack of cultural identity and status as a food, the tomato ultimately became an essential product in the modern diet - though one with a complex history full of obscurities. Discover how tomatoes first arrived in Europe, how they became known to plant scholars and how they were culturally assimiliated to become what they are today: A major dietary source of nutrients and a central feature of European dining tables.
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