Tomato School

Tomatoes may be ubiquitous today, but they’ve only been a part of Italian cuisine since the 1870s.

There’s this guy see, David Gentilcore. He’s a tomato scholar. He says that Italians didn’t even like tomatoes at first. They saw them as cold and moist and since they grew on the ground they were peasant food. In fact,

In Italy, up until the 1950s, there was a large part of the country, even where they produce tomatoes, where they wouldn’t eat the stuff.

Obviously all that changed. Now,

There’s a demand to eat tomatoes year round. These make money. In July, August, and September, the problem is tomatoes are a cutthroat business. If it weren’t for subsidies, I don’t know what farmers would do. In winter, it’s more of a big business. The Mafia has infiltrated the distribution, especially in the shipping or trucking.

Tomatoes in Winter? Fuhgeddaboudit.

[Devra First @ Boston Globe via The Browser]

[image via befoodled]
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August 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Reading.

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