Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tomato Red II

In 1519, Cortez discovered tomatoes growing in Montezuma's gardens and brought seeds back to Europe where they were planted as ornamental curiosities, but not eaten.  It took a while for tomatoes to be cultivated as a food source, and it is no surprise that Italy was the first country to embrace and cultivate the tomato outside South America.
In 1897, soup mogul Joseph Campbell came out with condensed tomato soup, a move that set the company on the road to wealth as well as further endearing the tomato to the general public.  The high acidic content of the tomato makes it a prime candidate for canning, which is one of the main reasons the tomato was canned more than any other fruit or vegetable by the end of the nineteenth century.

Tomato Red II... more tomato reflections to reflect upon.

10x10 oil on canvas

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