So even though North America was closer to South America than any other continent, people began eating white potatoes first in South America, then in faraway places like China, Europe, and Africa, and only later in North America.
Furthermore, where was the potato first discovered?
The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 BC to 5,000 B.C. In 1536 Spanish Conquistadors conquered Peru, discovered the flavors of the potato, and carried them to Europe.
Are potatoes from Ireland?
The custom may appear odd to those who reflexively link the pairing of Ireland and potatoes with the devastation caused by the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s. The story of the famine begins in the northern Andes in South America, in what is now Peru and Bolivia. The potato was not an instant hit in Great Britain.