“You say to-MAY-to, I say to-MOTT-to.”
No matter how you pronounce it, one thing is for sure: the famous and delicious sauce that is derived from a tomato is a staple in home and restaurant kitchens around the world.
Over the last 20 years, Americans have become obsessed with tomatoes. In fact, we’ve increased our tomato consumption by 30%! Three-fourths of this consumption comes in a processed form, which includes tomato salsa, tomato sauce and tomato paste.
With this rapid demand comes a higher likelihood that you’ll be faced with pesky tomato sauce stains on your carpet. But don’t panic – though a big red stain on your carpet may seem unconquerable, COIT is here to save the day.
With COIT’s guide to tomato sauce stain removal, you won’t have to remove tomato stain alone!
The Tomato is Born
Before we get into remove tomato stain mode, let’s take a quick look at history of the tomato.
This fruit, which is commonly mistaken as a vegetable, is native to South and Central America, dating back to 500 BC.
After the Spaniards colonized Mesoamerica in the 1500s, explorers like Cortes took tomatoes back to their Caribbean colonies and the Philippines. The introduction of this new fruit soon spread throughout all of Asia.
The word “tomato” actually comes from the Spanish word “tomate.” Throughout Europe, people used to think thought that tomatoes were actually poisonous! Tomato leaves are in fact poisonous, but many Europeans were initially afraid of actually consuming this red fruit.
The first mention of tomatoes in Italy dates back to 1548, while tomatoes weren’t grown in the UK until 1590. North America was the last to be introduced to tomatoes in 1710 in what is now South Carolina.
Tomato Sauce is Born
Now that you know where the tomato came from, here’s a fun fact for you: the first reference to “tomato sauce” that’s paired with pasta appears in 1790, within an Italian cookbook called L'Apicio moderno. Written by Francesco Leonardi, this Roman chef most likely had no idea how much his recipe would change the face of pasta as we know it!
Common Ingredients in Tomato Sauce
Though each recipe of tomato sauce certainly varies from kitchen to kitchen, here are some of the most common ingredients you’ll find:
- Tomato flesh cooked in olive oil
- Red or black pepper
Every chef adds his or her own ingredients based on the dish they’re cooking, which makes for an ingredient list that is always evolving!
“Tomato Sauce” Terminology
It’s important to note that in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and parts of the UK, “tomato sauce” is actually another word for American ketchup. Furthermore, some East Coast Italians often refer to tomato sauce as “gravy”. Good to know if you’re planning to travel and eat in any of these places!
Tomato Sauce Stain Removal
Now that you know a bit more about tomatoes and tomato sauce, it’s time to remove that tomato sauce stain! Check out COIT’s detailed, step-by-step guide to learn more.