As most of you may know, the humble potato, or spud, originates from the Andes region. Scientists today believe it was first ‘domesticated’, or grown as food, in a region of southern Peru/northwestern Bolivia around 5-8000BC. The potato reached Europe, first Spain, then England, in the late 16th century, and revolutionised our diet and agriculture.
Today there are over 1000 varieties of potato, including over 700 kinds found in south America – not all are edible though, and there are some very odd shapes and colours! We have a!so discovered some indigenous people use them for medical purposes as well.
We have enjoyed a few spuds over here so far, and we particularly like these lightly salted ‘Chips de Papas Andinas’ – both for the flavour and their appearance. Somehow can’t see these chips passing through the bland quality control of our UK commercialised and chemicalised supermarkets, can you? 😢