Cambridge Reading Part 2 - Write the correct word

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Cambridge Reading Part 2 - Fill in the blanks with the correct word.

Read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word per gap.

The Arrival of the Tomato

Before the 16th century, the tomato (1) ____________ not known in Europe. The Spanish conquistadors (2) _______________ the tomato in Central and South America and brought the plant (3) _________________ to Spain, and then to Europe.

Because tomatoes belong to the family of the deadly nightshade, many Europeans thought they were (4) __________________ and did not eat them, or used them for decoration. This (5) _________________ in the 17th and 18th centuries, in particular in Italy, where the warm (6) __________________ and abundance of (7) _________________ were perfect conditions for growing tomatoes.

Today tomatoes are an important vegetable (or a fruit, which it is botanically) in our diets. Italians use it to make the (8) ________________ which we love on pizzas and pasta.

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Before the 16th century, the tomato was not known in Europe. The Spanish conquistadors discovered (or found) the tomato in Central and South America and brought the plant back to Spain, and then to Europe.

Because tomatoes belong to the family of the deadly nightshade, many Europeans thought they were poisonous (or dangerous) and did not eat them, or used them for decoration. This changed in the 17th and 18th centuries, in particular in Italy, where the warm climate and abundance of water were perfect conditions for growing tomatoes.

Today tomatoes are an important vegetable (or a fruit, which it is botanically) in our diets. Italians use it to make the sauces which we love on pizzas and pasta.

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