WEFOUNDThe Fruit Cultivator's Manual: Containing Ample Directions for the Cultivation of the Most Important Fruits (Classic Reprint)


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On this day in 1820, the popular belief that the tomato is poisonous was disproven, opening the way for western cultures to consume tomato sauce, gazpacho, salsa, and tomato sandwiches with abandon.

The tomato, in fact, is native to South America, where it first grew in the highlands of Peru. One particular tomato species, Solanum lycopersicum , was transported to Mexico, where it was grown and eaten by Mesoamericans, among whom the Aztecs may have been the first to domesticate the fruit (though it’s often eaten as a vegetable, botanically-speaking, the tomato is a fruit). The word tomato comes from the Uto-Aztecan Nahuatl word, “tomatl,” which means “the swelling fruit.” Aztecs and other Mesoamerican civilisations used the fruit extensively in their cooking.

Tomatoes reached England later, and when they did, they were thought to be poisonous. One the fruit’s earliest cultivators, a barber-surgeon by the name of John Gerard, believed they were poisonous because they contained low levels of the toxic chemical tomatine. Tomatoes do, in fact, contain low levels of this glycoalkaloid with fungicidal properties, but the levels are so low as not to be dangerous. Nonetheless, Gerard’s views caught on and for years tomatoes were considered unfit for consumption in England and its North American colonies.

Avocados are rich in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals while the oil content consists of polyunsaturated fatty acids. One half of a Fuerte fruit supplies a considerable percentage of the daily nutrient requirements and makes an important contribution to a balanced diet.

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On this day in 1820, the popular belief that the tomato is poisonous was disproven, opening the way for western cultures to consume tomato sauce, gazpacho, salsa, and tomato sandwiches with abandon.

The tomato, in fact, is native to South America, where it first grew in the highlands of Peru. One particular tomato species, Solanum lycopersicum , was transported to Mexico, where it was grown and eaten by Mesoamericans, among whom the Aztecs may have been the first to domesticate the fruit (though it’s often eaten as a vegetable, botanically-speaking, the tomato is a fruit). The word tomato comes from the Uto-Aztecan Nahuatl word, “tomatl,” which means “the swelling fruit.” Aztecs and other Mesoamerican civilisations used the fruit extensively in their cooking.

Tomatoes reached England later, and when they did, they were thought to be poisonous. One the fruit’s earliest cultivators, a barber-surgeon by the name of John Gerard, believed they were poisonous because they contained low levels of the toxic chemical tomatine. Tomatoes do, in fact, contain low levels of this glycoalkaloid with fungicidal properties, but the levels are so low as not to be dangerous. Nonetheless, Gerard’s views caught on and for years tomatoes were considered unfit for consumption in England and its North American colonies.

Avocados are rich in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals while the oil content consists of polyunsaturated fatty acids. One half of a Fuerte fruit supplies a considerable percentage of the daily nutrient requirements and makes an important contribution to a balanced diet.

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On this day in 1820, the popular belief that the tomato is poisonous was disproven, opening the way for western cultures to consume tomato sauce, gazpacho, salsa, and tomato sandwiches with abandon.

The tomato, in fact, is native to South America, where it first grew in the highlands of Peru. One particular tomato species, Solanum lycopersicum , was transported to Mexico, where it was grown and eaten by Mesoamericans, among whom the Aztecs may have been the first to domesticate the fruit (though it’s often eaten as a vegetable, botanically-speaking, the tomato is a fruit). The word tomato comes from the Uto-Aztecan Nahuatl word, “tomatl,” which means “the swelling fruit.” Aztecs and other Mesoamerican civilisations used the fruit extensively in their cooking.

Tomatoes reached England later, and when they did, they were thought to be poisonous. One the fruit’s earliest cultivators, a barber-surgeon by the name of John Gerard, believed they were poisonous because they contained low levels of the toxic chemical tomatine. Tomatoes do, in fact, contain low levels of this glycoalkaloid with fungicidal properties, but the levels are so low as not to be dangerous. Nonetheless, Gerard’s views caught on and for years tomatoes were considered unfit for consumption in England and its North American colonies.


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