by Glenn I. Teves, County Extension Agent
UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Cooperative Extension Service
Tomatoes are a member of the Solanaceous family or Sun Lovers which include peppers, eggplant and Irish potato, and are native to Central and South America, especially Mexico, Peru, and Chile. There are many wild species adapted to a wide range of conditions, from the salty shore to dry high mountains. Wild species are used to create new disease-resistant and resilient varieties, as well as new colors.