As a member of the nightshade family, tomatoes were once thought to be poisonous. They originated in South America, and when Spain began sending ships into the Caribbean, travelers returned with seeds. No one is exactly sure who was the first to discover the great tomato taste.
Tomato species are as numerous as peppers and just as varied.
Popular small-to-medium types include:
For larger varieties, try these:
Round (salad) tomatoes are in the medium size range.
Sun- or oven-dried tomatoes are great for snacks or rehydrated for soups and stews.
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