In order to understand the methodology used in this book, we first try to explain what Sapiens is and how we apply it to our object of study, the tomato. The introduction places this project within the wider context of Bullipedia, the multi-format encyclopedia of western gastronomy. The aim of Tomato Sapiens is to analyse the tomato from a holistic perspective, studying all the processes and systems in which it is involved.
Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Are tomatoes created or produced? Is there an ideal tomato for making a salad? The first few pages of this book provide answers to all these questions and many more that may perhaps have occurred to you at some point.