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Our Friend the Tomato

Friday, April 26, 2013

Our friend the tomato, a staple in many American kitchens, is actually a relative newcomer to the array of vegetables (or fruits, as others would argue) that are used in our everyday lives. In addition to corn, which is also extraordinarily common, the tomato is the major ingredient in many of the foods we Americans have come to know and love. Although the details are a bit sketchy, the Spanish explorer Cortez, who conquered the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, later to be renamed Mexico City in 1521, is credited as the person who brought the tomato back from the new world. Red tomatoes wer ..

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