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The first Italians consumed tomatoes. It is believed that the wild species of tomatoes grew for the first time in the pre-Columbus period between the Andes in South Africa and the region between Peru and Ecuador - Bolivia. Its introduction to Central America and Mexico is considered to have been brought to the north by indigenous migrants. The fruit that belongs to the Lycopersicon sp. (Tomato) plant by those in this region, where the locals migrated, was named “tomate” and “tomato”.

The reason for giving these names; This is because the word “tomati” in the local language used means that it has many seeds in succulents. Tomato moved to Europe in the 1550s after Christoper Columbus discovered America on October 12, 1492, which sailed on August 3, 1492.

After this period, tomatoes were seen as ornamental plants. The first Italians began to consume tomatoes. There is evidence to prove that British and Spanish cultivated tomatoes as ornamental plants in the 1570s. The French named it as “pomme d 'amour”, the British as “love apple” and the Italians as “poma d' oro”.

North America Thought Tomato Was Poisonous
There is another interesting story about tomatoes. All pizzas were cooked without using tomatoes in an average of 2 thousand years, from the 6th century BC, from the Iranian period to the 1550s Italy period, until the poor people of Napoleon began to add tomato on the pizza period. Since tomatoes were noticed in Italy after the middle of the 18th century and started to be used on pizzas, their cultivation started to become widespread.

There was information that tomatoes were grown as ornamental plants in greenhouses in England during the 1800s. Her return to America took place in the 1780s. After this return, Thomas Jefferson started growing tomato in Virginia in 1781. In 1812, it was produced and consumed under the influence of France in the South New Orleans region. Unfortunately, until 1840s, tomato cultivation was not spread, considering that it was poisonous in North America.
Turkey May Have About 300 Years Of History Tomatoes
Tomato's coming to Turkey Although there is no clear information about the average parallel with the development in Europe is thought to be demonstrated with a 300-year history. It is in the records that it started to be consumed in green form in the first periods and that it was called as the Frankish Witch. During the period between 1718 and 1730, which coincided with the Tulip Period, information was found that Damat İbrahim Pasha, who was a vizier for Ahmed III, had received tomatoes in his monthly expense book kept in 1723.

Today, tomatoes are called "pomodoro" by the Italians, "pomodori" in their plural form, "tomate" by the French and "tomates" in the plural sense. The impact of those names that Turkey has 'also used the name of spreading the Italians are not in French, the French Levantine families and at that time France' educational life sustaining Turkey with students in Turkey who are considered to have more influence of the French teachers.

Why Did Fatih Sultan Mehmet Ban The Tomato?
An event that has been discovered with the new discovery and reading of a manuscript in Topkapı Palace has been discovered, which has remained hidden due to the fact that this manuscript has not been read so far. In this manuscript, it was learned that during the conquest of Istanbul, Sultan Mehmet Han tried to poison using tomato. The tomato, which started to be used after the conquest of Istanbul, was very popular with Fatih.

When this was learned by the Byzantine collaborators and the weather was good that year, tomatoes were grown in Turquoise in the Iznik region. It was learned that Admetos tomatoes, which were grown at that time and which are not unfortunately now, were brought to Ortaköy by Üsküdar. The two people who brought the specially grown tomatoes to this area were caught after being brought into the sea, after being caught and placed in the sack in the Maiden's Tower.
Before these two people brought the tomatoes, they put the needle covered with the poison called the hemlock poison into the stalks of the tomatoes, allowing the poison to enter the tomatoes, and after this process, they sent them to the Otağ - ı Hümayun, which was established in the meadow area of the area where İnönü Stadium was located. He was registered by Nüvis at that time.

According to the information written in the manuscript, while this was in preparation to be presented to Sultan, it was revealed that the poison in the tomato mixed with blood and died in a very short period of time after the tomato was chopped by a taster by Abbas Aga. Having learned about this situation, Sultan Mehmet Han immediately ordered that the edict be prepared and announced and banned the cultivation and cultivation of tomatoes in all the lands within its borders.

Unfortunately, the red stoned stone in the grave that Abbas Aga ordered to be buried has not been preserved until today. For this reason, Abbas Aga has taken his place among the anonymous heroes. The ornaments in the sultan's mahfil in the mosque, which was built by Fatih in 1458, were therefore decorated with tomato flowers. The prohibition of tomatoes was lifted thanks to the efforts made by İbrahim Müteferrika, who brought the printing press 280 years after that incident. Since then, tomatoes continue to maintain their place in today's table. Admetos tomatoes used for poison at that time can only be found in engravings today.

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