Scientific Name: Solanum lycopersicum
Country of Origin: South America
Tomatoes are an important crop throughout the world, although they are a relatively recent arrival to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Nonetheless, tomatoes have been enthusastically adopted by many cuisines and are now considered a staple of Italian, Indian, and Spanish cooking, among others. Tomatoes come in many shapes and sizes, from the bite-sized cherry tomato to hefty heirloom varieties: the largest tomato on record weighed over 8 pounds!