Made in Peru – The Potato

Peru is famous for its potatoes – over 4,000 varieties are grown in the country. But did you know that the potato actually originated in Peru? All modern varieties of the potato were traced back to one species from Southern Peru by botanist David Spooner of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, the potato was believed to have originated in Chile. A number of varieties from Peru were taken to Europe by the Spanish in the 16th Century.

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