Rosso Sicilian Tomatoes

Rosso Sicilian Tomatoes from my garden on Nipmuc land that I started from seed. These come from @bakercreekseeds

“The Rosso Sicilian tomato is an heirloom that arrived in the United States from Sicily in 1987. While the age of the Rosso Sicilian cultivar is unknown, tomatoes have been present in this autonomous region of Italy since the 1500’s, when they landed on the island from the “new world.”’ Tomatoes themselves originated in the Andes where they were used as food since prehistoric times. So, this tomato actually traveled from the America’s and back again. I would love to know what it’s original name was. Tomato is descended from the  indigenous name tomati. I am unsure if it is an Aztec or Inca name. The Andes are home to the Incas where the fruit grew wild. The Aztecs were the first to cultivate the wild fruit around 700 AD. So, not only do I honor my Italian ancestors but I also honor the indigenous people who first cultivated the plant.

My ancestors are Italian and I am a descendent of my great grandfather Max Lorenzo who came to America to escape WWII. I try to honor my Italian ancestors by growing plants native [this tomato is not native to Italy but grown and appreciated] to their homelands. My family is from Calabria, Sicily, and Campania.

Though I grew up American little things like this help me remember where we came from. Honoring my ancestors is a large part of my practice. This includes recognizing colonization and the part it played in the foods and medicine I grow.

#ancestors #Druid #Bard #Greenwich #herbalist

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Published by Angel Crow

Neurodivergent, herbalist, artist, writer, poet, horticulturist, musician, student

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