POTA­TOES

FILL­ING, BUT FRAG­ILE

History Revealed - - TOP TEN… FOODSTUFFS -

In­tro­duced to Europe from South Amer­ica in the 16th cen­tury, poor folks loved the starchy and cheap spud. In Ire­land, the po­tato came to form the ba­sis of a peas­ant’s diet, as a re­sult of harsh Bri­tish laws. Sadly, blight swept through the is­land and de­stroyed the po­tato crop, killing about a mil­lion peo­ple. Mil­lions more mi­grated from Ire­land to the Amer­i­cas – cre­at­ing a large Ir­ish dis­apora.

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