I am native to the Americas and was cultivated by the Aztecs as early as 700 AD.
I was probaly yellow when I arrived in Europe because in Spain I was known as pomi d'oro, golden apples.
My common name comes from tomatl, in the south American Nahuatl language.
I am a part of the nightshade family – along with aubergines, sweet peppers and potatoes.
People once thought I was poisonous and kept me as an ornamental in their gardens. It wasn't until the 16th century that I became a source of food in Europe.