Like other books, this one began in a garden. Almost twenty years ago I came across a newspaper notice about some local college students who had grown a hundred different varieties of tomato. Visitors were welcome to take a look at their work. Because I like tomatoes, I decided to drop by with my eight-year-old son. When we arrived at the school greenhouse I was amazed - I'd never seen tomatoes in so many different sizes, shapes, and colors.
- From 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann