Monsoon Ritual - Harnessing Nature
Even the Italians had to make do without tomato sauce before Columbus set out for the New World. The tomato as we know it came from the Yucatán, where the Maya cultivated it long before Cortés first encountered one in an Aztec market around 1520. Native versions were small, like cherry tomatoes, and probably yellow rather than red. Two years after Cortés brought the tomato back to Spain, it made its way to Naples — then under Spanish rule — where invention of the pizza made tomato sauce a necessity of life. Once believed poisonous because they are related to the deadly nightshade, tomatoes are now a staple of nearly every cuisine in the world; Since then- The tomatoes have travelled reminiscent to its explorers, new varieties emerged due to its geographical shift, the characteristics tended to vary as well- breeds like Heirloom rode on distinct features.
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