potato

In the left pane portrait of Antoine Parmentier

The potato It belongs to the large group of food arrived in Europe after the discovery of America.

But when, precisely, it came on the tables of the Old Continent?

Late in reality, only in full '700, although its official entry had already occurred in 1570.

It was then indeed, that the potatoes, through commercial traffic being, They landed for the first time in Spain.

This tuber by the banal and unpleasant however, He served a long time in therapeutic and ornamental purposes (the plant was very pretty), but no one wanted to eat it.

Only in the eighteenth century, Thanks French agronomist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier (1756-1763), the potato was finally cleared and he sensed the extraordinary culinary and nutritional qualities (see also https://www.pilloledistoria.it/4569/storia-moderna/storia-cucina-nel-700-arrivano-patate).

Good and cheap, it became “the bread of the poor”, as defined by Louis XVI.

At the beginning, the poor Ireland, potatoes saved the population from starvation (photo: ici.radio-canada.ca).