Tomatoes & Sauces
What did those chefs living in the sixteenth century create before Spanish conquistadors brought this novel fruit back to Europe from the Americas?
From history we believe Italians first used the fruit around 1544, when an Italian doctor and botanist named Mattioli, christened it Pomo d‘oro... the golden apple.
Originally the ‘golden apple’ or tomato was only used for ornamental purposes as superstition said it was poisonous.
However, it grew well in the Italian climate and gradually became a staple in Italian cuisine.
As is the way in Italy, the different varieties of tomatoes became firmly associated with their particular regions and with particular regional dishes.