Benefits

A surprising vegetable…Dare to compare it

Un légume santé
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In Quebec, fresh fruit and vegetables for sale to consumers are not genetically modified.

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Comment les conserver
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Potatoes should never be stored in the fridge.

History

It has come a long way!

History

Potatoes have not only nourished populations since the beginning of time, they have also nourished humanity’s imagination. Discover their surprising history.

8 000 years B.C.
Potatoes were cultivated on the Andes’ high plateau where they grow in the wild. The Incas called them “papa”.

1537
Potatoes take a boat. Discovered during the Spanish Quesada expedition in Columbia, the vegetable was brought back to the Old World.

1680
Deprived of their livelihood in the winter, Belgian fisherman had the idea to cut potatoes into the shape of fish and fry them. It was the birth of fries.

1756
Frederick the Great of Prussia created an edict making it mandatory to grow potatoes, at the risk of having your ears cut off! Ouch!

1777
In France, the military pharmacist Antoine Parmentier identified the nutritional value of the potato during a famine. He identified over 40 varieties.

1834-1844
Russians peasants had a lot against the potato and revolted against serfdom, brutal sanctions, and requisitions that they were subject to. Their revolt was called the Potato Riot.

1845
One million deaths, two million emigrants, and two million refugees resulted from Irish Potato Famine caused by potato blight, a type of fungus, which almost halved Irish potato production.

1853
To give a difficult client a lesson, an American restaurant owner served him finely sliced potatoes cooked in boiling oil. The client picked up one of these potato chips and liked what he crunched!

1885
Van Gogh paints The Potato Eaters.

End of the 19th century
Ground meat, corn, potatoes! “Chinese pie” (pâté chinois) saw the day during the construction of the trans-Canada railway. The labourers, who were mostly Asian in origin, were nourished with this low-cost dish.

1904
It was the golden age of the potato sack race. The Olympic Games in St. Louis even presented a potato sack-racing event.

1928
The Belgian Victor Simon invents the first food mill and potato masher that revolutionizes cooking. Since then, potatoes have been a crushing success!

1929
The patent was filed for the potato peeler, offered in many different designs today. Just like the Willie Waller 2006. Unbelievable!

1950
The discovery of aerosol technology excites the scientific imagination. Unfortunately, spray mashed potatoes never saw the light.

1952
Marilyn Monroe poses in a dress make from an Idaho potato sack.

1962
The chore of peeling the potatoes is finally over! Instant mash potatoes appear on supermarket shelves.

1995
At the age of 45, Mister Potato Head obtains an important role in the Toy Story Trilogy (1995, 1999, 2010).

1995
The potato takes flight to take root in space during a mission of the NASA Space Shuttle Columbia29.

2008
The International Year of the Potato. Indispensable to the balance of the world’s food supply, it contributes to the fight against hunger and poverty.

2008
The world’s biggest potato found in China measured 40 cm long, 30 cm wide and weighed 15 kilos. Now that’s a surprising potato!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Potatoes are the fourth largest crop grown worldwide.
Versatile and full of nutriments... it is an undisputed champion!