The history behind a number of crop plants.
Looking at where they originated, their domestication, the introduction of these crops to Europe, how European attitudes to them changed over the centuries and ultimately how our changing demands have influenced the plants themselves.
Wherever you are from, it is probable that you eat tomatoes in one form or another. Tomatoes originated in South America but are now found all over the world. Without tomatoes we would have no cheese and tomato pizza; no ketchup; no baked beans on toast; no lasagne or spaghetti Bolognese; no tomato soup; no BLTs; no mozzarella, tomato and basil salad; no tomato gazpachio; no tuna nicoise; no salsa; no tomatoes with our fried breakfast or any of the other hundreds of dishes that use this savoury fruit.
Although often thought of as a vegetable tomatoes are technically a fruit. They contain the seeds from which new tomatoes plants will grow.
Take this tour through the history of the tomato and find out what tomatoes are like in the wild, how they came to be on our plates, how they have changed over the centuries and some of the their strange uses in the past.