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tomato powder and concentrate

The tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is native to Central and South America. There is evidence that the first domesticated tomato was a little yellow fruit, grown by the Aztecs in Mexico. The Spanish distributed the tomato throughout their colonies in the Caribbean, the entire Asian continent and also brought the tomato to Europe and cultivation began in the 1540s. It was certainly being used as food by the early 1600s in Spain.

Tomato paste is a thick paste made from ripened tomatoes with skin and seeds removed. Originally it was an artisan products that is still made the traditional way in parts of Sicily and Southern Italy by spreading out a much reduced tomato sauce on wooden boards. The boards are set outdoors under the hot August sun to dry the paste until it is thick enough, when scraped up, to hold together in a richly coloured dark ball. Today most people use the industrial version. Depending on its manufacturing conditions, tomato paste can be the basis for making ketchup or reconstituted tomato juice.