Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Peru has long claimed to be the birthplace of the potato. Turns out they were telling the truth. A scientist discovered through some kind of gene something or another that potatoes actually did originate in Peru. If I recall correctly there are around five thousand varieties of potatoes world-wide, and three thousand of those are grown in the Andes. Peruvians use potatoes in everything. We even saw potato-based face cream.

This is the potato section of the supermarket.

Ancient ceramics dedicated to the potato.

A potato plant.

A display of different kinds of taters. (You can't tell very well in this picture, but when I first saw this display it looked like a bunch of pieces of poop.)

More varieties of potatoes. I love how some of them are really colorful.

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