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Tomatoes are the edible berries of the plant Solanum lycopersicum, also known as the tomato plant. The species is thought to have appeared in western South America, Mexico, and Central America. The Mexican Nahuatl word tomatl gave rise to the Spanish term tomate, which gave origin to the English word tomato. Its refinement and use as a cultivated food may have begun with Mexico’s indigenous peoples.
At the time of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, the Aztecs employed tomatoes in their cookery, and once the Spanish discovered the tomato for the first time after their interaction with the Aztecs, they took the plant to Europe in a large plant transfer known as the Columbian exchange. During the 16th century, the tomato was brought to various sections of the European-colonized world.
Tomatoes contain a substantial amount of umami flavour. They are eaten raw or cooked, and in a variety of cuisines, sauces, salads, and beverages. While tomatoes are technically fruits (botanically classified as berries), they are most typically utilised in cooking as a vegetable element or side dish.
Numerous tomato plant varieties are commonly grown in temperate climates around the world, with greenhouses allowing for tomato production throughout the year. Tomato plants can reach a height of 1-3 metres.
They are vines with a weak stem that sprawls and usually requires assistance. In their natural habitat, indeterminate tomato plants are perennials, although they are farmed as annuals. The breadth of the tomato varies according to the cultivar, ranging from 1 to 10 cm.
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