Why are Potatoes Important?
The potato originates in the Andean highlands where farmers first domesticated the tuber crop near Lake Titicaca, in the southeast of Peru, approximately 8000 years ago. Spanish explorers brought the potato back to Europe in the 16th century and ever since then its popularity has grown around the world. Today the potato is the third most important crop in the world in terms of food consumption, after rice and wheat, and hundreds of millions of people in developing countries depend on potatoes for their survival. More than 156 countries produce potatoes and more than a billion
people worldwide eat them on a regular basis.