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Food and 1492 Part 2

Shrimp, Okra, and Tomato Sauté recipe below 
Tomatoes originated in Central America but Iberians introduced them to Europe and Africa in the early sixteenth century as part of the Colombian exchange that occurred after 1492. Europeans first used them ornamental purposes while Africans cooks gradually exhibited a love for using them for seasoning sauces, stews, and soups. It was not until later that Europeans started cooking with them because they believed tomatoes would poison them. During the Atlantic slave trade Europeans introduced tomato plants to Louisiana which it quickly became a staple in local cookery in and around New Orleans. As a port city, New Orleans saw a steady of influx of enslaved Africans imported directly from West and Central Africa as well as indirectly from the Caribbean and the Mississippi Delta.  Enslaved Africans grew tomatoes in their subsistence gardens along with other produce, much of from Africa, to supplement to their diet. 

Shrimp, Okra, and Tomato Sauté History and Related Recipe:  /www.foodasalens.com/odasalens.com/2011/03/culinary-celebration-of-womens-history_04.html 

Colombian Exchange Stories & Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Colombian+exchange+

 

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Food and 1492 Part 1