Italy and South America
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, and 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.
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