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The Grand Duke's tomato

Video in Italian | The oldest varieties of tomatoes from the 16th century in Tuscany, Liguria, Emilia Romagna and Latin America

In the first half of the 1500s, the "golden tomato" made its appearance at the court of Cosimo I de'Medici: at the time, botanists classified it as a plant of the Solanaceae family, that is, rich in solanine and therefore inedible.
Today the gardener of the Boboli Gardens tells us about the oldest varieties of "tomatoes" grown in the 1500s in Tuscany, Liguria, Emilia Romagna and then in Latin America.

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