"The truth is that Israeli researchers developed modern varieties of the cherry tomato, which has become a commercial product found all over the world, mainly thanks to its long shelf life. Until the 1980s miniature tomatoes were a marginal crop used in dishes mainly as decoration."Here are links to articles that explain what's real and how the exaggerated claim was propagated:
- Popular article in Ha'aretz -- "No, Cherry Tomatoes Aren't an Israeli Invention: Why Israeli cuisine is so successful in the United States and Europe - while Israelis themselves prefer pasta and pizza" by Ronit Vered (December 5, 2017).
- Long and very scholarly article in Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies -- "Seeding Controversy: Did Israel Invent the Cherry Tomato?" by Anna Wexler (Summer, 2016).
|Caesar salad at an Israeli restaurant: with cherry tomatoes.|