National Geographic : 1916 May
Photograph by O. F. Cook A WILD TOMATO OF TIIE EASTERN ANDES Growing as a large woody vine at elevations of 8,ooo feet, this plant trails over bushes Io to 12 feet high. The fruits are of uniform size and of the usual form of our cultivated tomatoes. The flesh under the skin is thick and firm, so that the fruits can be handled easily and kept for long periods. There is a possibility of making use of it in hybridizing and breeding new varieties. If such a cross can be made, it may be expected to give a wide range of variation and yield new types of fruit adapted to special purposes, such as woody perennial varieties that can be trained over arbors like grape-vines, or varieties with special flavors, greater firmness of flesh, and improved keeping qualities (natural size). the ancient Peruvians performed a last ing service for the whole world. We are all beneficiaries of the ancient Peruvian agriculture. Prom our point of view, the steep, narrow, rocky valleys of southern Peru would represent a most unfavorable con dition for agricultural development; but no doubt the ancient people saw things in a different light, and what they were able to accomplish is a lesson in possibili ties that our own race has still to learn. We are beginning to see that the agricul tural ideal of human welfare, of living and letting others live around us, is higher than the military or savage ideal of killing all strangers through fear or jealousy of competition. I ut our tradi tions, literature, and social institutions are still so largely military or commer cial that we have not seriously considered agriculture as an aim or ideal of exist ence. We have not sent forth our im aginations to grasp a vision of agricul tural development, either for humanity as a whole or for our own European race in the new continent that we have overrun but not yet occupied.