Tomato | Domates
Tomato is believed to have originated in the Americas. By 700 AD, tomatoes were being cultivated by the Azteks.
After conquering the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan in 1521, Conquistador Hernán Cortés returned to Spain with tomato seeds from the domesticated fruit.
The tomato grew well in the Mediterranean climate. Tomatoes were being produced in Spanish fields by as early as 1540. By the 17th century, the tomato was a common ingredient in Spanish cuisine.
Unlike the Spanish, other European countries were not as accepting. In Italy, tomatoes were primarily used as a tabletop decoration until late 17th century. Likewise, the English believed tomatoes to be unhealthy and even poisonous until the mid-18th century.
Tomatoes can be grown throughout Turkey. However, the Mediterranean region leads the production for fresh consumption. Antalya is the top tomato producing province. More than 15 percent of all tomatoes grown in Turkey come from Antalya. Additionally, tomatoes grow abundantly in the Aegean and Marmara regions.
In Turkey, tomatoes are consumed fresh, dried and preserved. Tomatoes with served white cheese (beyaz peynir) is common at breakfast.
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