Photographer's Note

When I spotted this field in the springtime wasnt I sure which crop was grown here. My first idea was asparagus - but later I realized it actually was potatoes.

Its hard to image life in my part of the world (Europe Denmark) without the potato Its origin was the South America and it was brought back with sailors around 1537.
People wasnt quite happy with the new vegetable in start and called its pigs food this was true in Denmark and the explanation could be - nobody have told them to cook them first ;-)

A French army surgeon by the name of Antoine Parmentier realised the importance of the potato for healthy food and decide to make people interested. It was however first when he putted armed guards around the field of potatoes that it finally got popular amough the peasant (strange ;-).

From 1845-1847 was mould fungus in potatoes a catastrophe for the people of Ireland people was starveling and in these years over 5 million Immigrated to America.

My note and title inspired from a Cartoon

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Additional Photos by Jeppe Madsen (Jeppe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
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