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How The Potato Wars Started

by | 2nd, June 2008

potato-gun.jpgRADIO Netherlands Reports:

Chile and Peru have for some time been embroiled in a dispute over the origins of the potato. Chile’s latest claim to be the region where potatoes first grew is being hotly refuted in the Peruvian press.

Scientists agree that the ubiquitous root vegetable originated in South America and that Spanish colonists brought it to Europe in the 16th century. Current thought puts its first location in the vicinity of Lake Titicaca in Peru.

The controversy is far from over. Researchers in Bolivia say they have found traces of the potato which are more ancient than those found in either Chile or Peru.

You say potato, I say this is war and you will die by a thousand chips (surely cuts?)…

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