This section is dedicated to tomatoes, a plant that has its origin in Chile and Ecuador and is widespread in all regions of Italy. The tomato plant has long and incised leaves, clustered flowers and red colored fruits (tomatoes) with different shapes depending on the variety, they contain many vitamins and are very popular in the kitchen for the preparation of many dishes such as salads, caprese, sauces. of tomato etc. As we all know, tomato is the typical and most widely used vegetable in Neapolitan cuisine, who has never heard of spaghetti with "pummarola 'n goppa" ?! Today the tomato is widespread all over the world, but it was imported into Europe by the Spanish populations in the sixteenth century as a decorative plant and was said to be poisonous and harmful to humans.
In ancient times, the tomato was considered a plant with aphrodisiac powers and was used to create magical love potions. It is not yet clear how this plant considered poisonous and harmful to humans has become an edible food; we have the first appearances in the cuisine of southern Europe in the seventeenth century, ... continues
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continue ..., that is, only a century after its import, in the form of fresh or boiled tomatoes for the preparation of sauces. At the end of the eighteenth century, in Europe, the use and cultivation of tomatoes as a food increased rapidly, especially in the regions of France and southern Italy; in America its use as an edible food was very problematic due to its toxicity; in this state there was a serious and at the same time curious fact: rumors tell that some enemies in the political field of Lincoln forced the cook of the White House to prepare a dish consisting mainly of tomato to kill him, but it was not poisoned and indeed, thanks to this fact he began to appreciate this food very much.
Despite the difficulties this vegetable had to establish itself, today it is one of the main vegetables that populate our gardens and our tables, we cook it in all ways and we find it in thousands of recipes for all tastes, how many sauces we can prepare to season our beloved spaghetti with this versatile food? Infinite! With vegetables, tuna, basil, meat and we would go on almost indefinitely!
Today we find this vegetable, like many others, in all seasons of the year, we would like to say that it would be better to respect the production cycle of these vegetables and not force their nature.