The tomato found its way to the European continent in the 16th century. It is believed that it was brought from Peru and ever since farmers started growing it on their land. The Aztec word for tomato is “xitomatl” which can be translated as “plump thing with a navel”. This plump and delicious fruit became one of the essential ingredients of everyday cuisine in many places around the world. When it first arrived in Europe the French started calling it the “apple of love” and the Germans “apple of paradise”.