Hughes, Meredith Sayles; Hughes, Tom
January 1998
Buried Treasure;1998, p10
One of the world's most important vegetables, the potato is closely related to many other edible plants, including eggplants, tomatoes and peppers. Of this family, known as Solanaceae, only the eggplant hails from Asia. The rest of the family is from the Americas. The potato first grew wild in the plateaus of the Andes Mountains in western South America. Paleobotanists have found dried potato specimens dating back many thousands of years. From this discovery, the scientists concluded that people first cultivated potatoes in South America about 7,000 years ago. INSETS: Family Matters;It's a Fact!;The Potato Goes To Asia;It's a Fact!


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