country of origin: Haiti
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Comments from Claude Dambreville, the well-known Haitian painter :
DO YOU LIKE TOMATOES?
The tomato, cultivated in almost all latitudes, is the most consumed food in the world after the potato. But did you know that the tomato, whose scientific name is "Solanum lycopersicum, " is native to Peru? Then called the "Apple of Peru," it was adopted in Mexico, and brought back to Europe by the Spaniards. For a long time, it was believed that the tomato was poisonous: considering it only as a decorative plant. But this superstition was not totally unfounded since it is true that tomatoes are toxic to our bodies when eaten raw (not mature). Why? Because they contain a chemical element called glycoalkaloid (solanine), which can cause stomach aches and anxiety. But all these ailments tend to disappear when the tomato is ripe – hence the importance of choosing the ripe fruit well.
Today, there are nearly 10,000 varieties of tomatoes in the world.
But all these facts are high philosophy to Anita, our gracious and smiling tomato merchant, who only dreams of one thing: to sell all her merchandise.