Les trois tomates • The three tomatoes
The tomato originated in the New World and was brought to Europe by the early Spanish explorers. For much of its early existence in Europe, the tomato was considered poisonous and was used only as an ornamental plant. What may not be as well known is how pervasive the tomato is in modern times in French cuisine.
The tomato, tomate in French, first came to Provence from Italy in the last half of the eighteenth century. It was a group of Provençales who introduced Paris to the tomato on July 14, 1790 as part of an early celebration of the new republic.
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