October 14 – big win for pizza

big win for pizza
no Columbian Exchange
no tomato sauce

Many changes for the world after Columbus discovered America,

In 1972 Alfred W. Crosby, an American historian at the University of Texas at Austin, published The Columbian Exchange. He published subsequent volumes within the same decade. His primary focus was mapping the biological and cultural transfers that occurred between the Old and New World. He studied the effects of Columbus’ voyages between the two – specifically, the global diffusion of crops, seeds, and plants from the New World back into the Old. His research made a lasting contribution to the way scholars understand the variety of contemporary ecosystems that arose due to these transfers.

Lots of wins, lots of losses.

Many positives and many negatives.

I guess if it hadn’t been Columbus, someone from Europe was going to get here and offer the natives a choice of the Cross or the Gallows.

Might has well celebrate Columbus.

Perfectly appropriate that he is remember as the capitol of Ohio.

Please let me focus on one food item that fascinates me.

Tomatoes.

Tomatoes, which came to Europe from the New World via Spain, were initially prized in Italy mainly for their ornamental value. From the 19th-century tomato sauces became typical of Neapolitan cooking and, ultimately, Italian food in general.

No Italian tomato sauce until after 1492?

Even though they were available in the new world, how accepted were they?

Thomas Jefferson was one of the first Virginians to grow and eat tomatoes, or ‘tomatas,’ as he called them. Most Americans thought the tomato was poisonous (and, indeed, it is a member of the deadly nightshade family, though its low toxicity levels pose no risk to humans), and so it was an astonishing event when, in 1806, Jefferson served them to guests at the President’s House.

There is the famous FABLE that Jefferson at tomatoes on the courthouse steps to prove they wouldn’t kill you.

The truly odd aspect of the Jefferson involvement with the tomato is that Jefferson grew his tomatoes from seeds he sent from France.

Celebrate Columbus.

Celebrate the Tomato.

Order a pizza with extra sauce.

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