Potatoes, tomatoes and corn came to the Old World from the New, along with vanilla, chilli peppers, and tobacco. This last particularly excited the curiosity of Europeans, who had never smoked anything before. Legend has it that the first time a servant of Sir Walter Raleigh saw his master smoking a pipe, he thought he was on fire and doused
him with water.
Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell, Constance Classen, David Howes and Anthony Synnott, Routledge, UK, 1994