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CHAPTER 3

THE TOMATO IN NATURE

Millions of years ago, long before humans appeared on Earth, the first wild tomato plants began to grow in the Andes. Without them we would not be eating tomatoes today.

In this brief but essential third chapter, we look back at the first traces of life on Earth up until the appearance of the tomato plant. We investigate what the wild species are like, where they grow, and examine the nature of their fruit. Was the wild tomato of interest as a food?

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