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The Aztecs called the fruit xitomatl, meaning plump thing with a navel. Other Mesoamerican people, including the Nahuas, took the name as tomatl, from which Europeans derived the name tomato.
In Mexico the Aztecs cultivated the tomato for food. During the early 16th century, returning Spanish conquistadores took it to Spain and, borrowing the Nahuatl word tomatl, called it a tomate. Soon Spanish enclaves in Italy, North Africa, and the Middle East were enjoying the new delicacy.
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