There is general agreement among contemporary botanists that potato species originated in the Andes, all the way from Colombia and Venezuela to Chile and northern Argentina, but with a concentration of genetic diversity, both in the form of cultivated and wild species, in the area of modern day Peru. The evidence thus far shows that the potato was first cultivated in Peru some 7,000 years ago. The first European description of the potato was in Pedro Cieza de León's Crónica del Perú (Seville 1533). About the same time the potato was introduced into cultivation in Spain, under its Quechua name, papa. A notice of 1573 shows that potatoes were being fed to the sick in a monastery of Seville, still under their Quechua name.
I remember, Gerry! :))
Auch dieses Bild von Kartoffelblüten ist wunderschön, May! Liebe Grüße, Anne
Danke schön, Anne! Liebe Grüsse, May
Beautiful photo, May, with a great sense of depth. I love seeing all the way into the background here. And I can honestly say I've never seen a flowering potato plant before.
High time you see one, Ryan! :) Thank you, I so much appreciate your comments! Yesterday I have seen the prettiest potato flowers ever on my walking tour.
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Photo taken in Sumiswald, Switzerland
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