Rooted in research
Wild tomato from South America
To find out more about the origin of the tomato, we have to go back to South America around the year 1500. It is here that the Spanish conquerors came into contact with what the Aztecs called “xitomatl” in their language. Many years later, wild varieties were found surviving at an altitude of 3000 meters in the Andes Mountains. Some wild tomato varieties which are resistant to the large temperature swings between day and night are a source of amazing vigour and growth and are also not susceptible to corky root. Characteristics of wild varieties are the basis of the modern day rootstock.