No one knows exactly who brought the tomato to the United States, but theories are tomatoes were introduced through two sources: Spanish colonists who introduced the plant to California, Florida, New Mexico and Texas, and Americans living in or visiting the Carribean region. American colonists in South and North Carolina were eating tomatoes by the mid-eighteenth century.
Source: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, p. 545.
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