Potato Ruminations

Potato Ruminations

Do you ever look at French Fries and think: 

This used to be part of a whole potato that grew underground. I wonder if the farmer who grew this had ancestors who came from Ireland and migrated to the United States during the great potato famine?

And also, how did people learn about potatoes in the first place since they grow underground? Did some really hungry person in Peru just start pulling up vegetation and eating anything that was attached? Then they thought "This thing is very starchy tasting." So they threw it down and it stepped on it. Then they noticed how nicely it mashed and they thought "I'll bet if I boil a bunch of these things, and add some milk, and pound on them until they’re creamy and smooth, and then add some gravy, they will be perfect with turkey."

Then news slowly spread throughout the world of the potato (via the sailors on Spanish Galleons who came to Central and South America to raid its gold – and potatoes) so everyone started growing them, like that ancestral farmer in Ireland. 

And then maybe later some French guy visited that Irish farmer, and when the Irish farmer showed him his potatoes, the Frenchman said said "Hey why don't you try slicing the potato up when it is raw and frying it in extremely hot cow fat." And the farmer said "Awesome idea." So he did and it tasted great. Then he said "In your honor I will call them Duchamp Fries." And the Frenchman said "It is too great an honor to use my name, and I am far too humble. Please simply call them French Fries.” 

Or is it just me?


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