The wonderful and versatile tomato is such an important part of Mexican cuisine that there simply could be no replacement. Thankfully, there is a wide range of varieties for this wonderful fruit which is grown and used as a vegetable.

The tomatoes that we know today are quite different from the original varieties found growing wild and then cultivated in Mesoamerica as far back as 500 BC. The original species were often green and much smaller. Cultivation and propagation over the centuries created the many delicious varieties that we enjoy today.

Certain varieties of tomato are preferred over another when considering their use in many different types of recipes. For instance, when preparing a complete Mexican feast there may be many types of tomatoes used in different ways. Think of the many different sauces that you might prepare with tomatoes, from enchilada sauce to a snappy taco sauce or burrito sauce, your tomato of choice is where it all begins.

Salsa, salsa, salsa where would it be without the tomato? Soups and stews all call for tomatoes as a base or starting point. As garnish tomatoes are indispensable, an authentic taco without that fresh flavor of diced tomatoes atop it would be sorely missed.

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