Ar­rival of the first tu­bers

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

It seems odd to re­flect that no one in Eng­land knew about ‘pota­toes’ un­til the time of Queen El­iz­a­beth I. Sir Wal­ter Raleigh is thought by some to have brought pota­toes back from one of his trips to Vir­ginia, USA, in about 1585.

But there is mys­tery sur­round­ing the truth. The true potato (Solanum tubero­sum) was prob­a­bly brought to Europe from Colom­bia, by the Span­ish, some­where around 1580. They ar­rived in Bri­tain around 1585/86, Bel­gium and Ger­many by 1587, Aus­tria about 1588, and in France around 1600. They didn’t reach Ire­land un­til about 1700, and it was from Ire­land that spuds were in­tro­duced to North Amer­ica in about 1720.

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