Economic Botany

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 379–392 | Cite as

The origin of the cultivated tomato

  • J. A. Jenkins


The ancestral form of the cultivated tomato was originally confined to the Peru-Ecuador area. After spreading north possibly as a weed in pre-Columbian times it was not extensively domesticated until it reached Mexico, and from there the cultivated forms were disseminated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Jenkins
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  1. 1.Division of GeneticsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley

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