The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation and disease in Ireland from 1845 to 1849. During the famine, about one million people died and a million more moved from Ireland. This all had to do with potatoes.
' Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for my lips. ' ( Charles Dickens )
The Spaniard Piedro de Cieza de León was the first European to describe the potato. Despite the lyrical description of Cieza de León, the new plant was not immediately regarded as a food source by Europeans, but exclusively as a special garden plant, even well into the eighteenth century. See article in Dutch.
Van Gogh to his brother Theo: 'You see, I really have wanted to make it so that people get the idea that these folk, who are eating their potatoes by the light of their little lamp, have tilled the earth themselves with these hands they are putting in the dish, and that they have thus honestly earned their food’
For ages farmers worked and lived in harmony with nature. Lack of land, but enough ‘hands at the plow’ created a kind of sustainability. Farmers were well aware that they had to rely on their neighbors. People were dependent on one another and one should always be able to count on each other in prosperity and adversity. In the east of the Netherlands, the well-known term 'Naoberschap' was created. That was important in times of harvesting the necessary food such as potatoes and grain. Always in a hurry because the weather conditions could change quickly. A good harvest meant food for humans and animals in the coming year. This farming has been an job with characteristics like hard word and often undesirable working conditions, but for reason of ‘no farming, no food’. Read more about Millet's paintings on the struggle to survive.
More healthy than other potatoes as predicted in the Internet. Just find out yourself.
Today, potatoes are seen by major organizations as a potential power player in the fight against international food insecurity. Their toughness and ability to grow in a wide variety of conditions makes them excellent options for growing food in regions where resources are scarce.
“By feeding rapidly growing populations, it permitted a handful of European nations to assert dominion over most of the world between 1750 and 1950.” William H. McNeill
HOW THE POTATO CHANGED THE WORLD
This splendid Potato Growing Guide covers planting, growing, and harvesting one of our favorite vegetables! Also, see tips on how to store potatoes to keep them fresh—and some homemade potato recipes.
There are several Dutch companies which produce outstanding products from potatoes. In our region there are two companies which have a national and international impact because our their superior quality of products and delivery standards. Click the pictures.
OK ... there we go ... Never ask me about my favorite potatoes ... Yes, the fried Russian potatoes ... in fact: the 'farmer's potatoes' ... from Piters or Moscow ... from Kolomna or Suzdal ... it's allways like being a farmer coming home after a hard day of work and enjoying your ordered plate of Russian fried potatoes ( with mushrooms as picked from Tver woods ) ...
When it comes to all-day-all-moment food with very many nutritious elements ... call us in the in the midst of the night for French fries.
A Russian-Belgian mix from long ago, A mix of the Russian need of fast cooking in wartime and Belgian culture. The French fries' history in a nutshell. And recipes next to that too.
Maybe it had to do with the atmosphere in Piters ... maybe it had to do with being hungry ... maybe it had to do with longing for warm food ... maybe it had to do with a bias to potatoes ... but this is best experience at eating fried Russian potatoes ...
The potato is one of the four most important crops overall. Did you know these facts ... ?