National Geographic thats geography

Connections:

Italy and South America

Australia

Antarctica

South
America

North
America

Europe

Africa

ASIA

Italy

Pacific
Ocean

Indian
Ocean

atlantic
Ocean

pacific
Ocean

Italians are known for using tomatoes in their cooking. Think of pizza and pasta sauces. But, if you think the tomato is from Italy, think again! It is believed that tomatoes came from South America and were first brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 15th century. At first, tomatoes were used for decoration, as Europeans loved their color. However, tomatoes grew well in the warm Mediterranean climate. By the 16th century, they were being used by Italian cooks. So, if you love tomato sauce on your pizza, you have South American farmers from long ago to thank.

Keep learning with the National Geographic Education Community!

We invite you to join the conversation with fellow educators who, like you, are leaning in with students and communities to illuminate and protect the wonders of our world. Find us on Facebook and Twitter by searching @NatGeoEducation.