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The first to cultivate potatoes were the Peruvians, before 4000 years. The Indians of South America were the ones who taught the Spanish conquistadors to eat and those who gave it its name (Batata). When the Spanish conquerors arrived in Peru (1533), the Indians of this country grew a plant that has roots similar to truffles but not bark. Inside the roots were soft flesh like a puree of chestnuts. But the Spanish conquerors indifferent to the plant is one that sought to bring home things like gold and silver. Many argue that the potato arrived in Europe from Virginia (1856), thanks to the pirate Sir Walter Raleigh. The truth is that the pirate found potatoes in a Spanish ship, brought to England, again without causing some interest. Five years ago, some Italians monks had brought the country the Spanish fries, which arrived from America by sailors. The monks offered the potatoes to the Pope who did not know what to do! An envoy of Pope brought 2 potato in Flanders, and Philippe de Sivry (commander of Mons) sent them to turn in Vienna to his friend Charles de Leklouz who made the first scientific description: "small truffles sent to Mr. de Sivry on 26 January 1588. The Peruvians say the pope. " Again, the potatoes were forgotten and not used as food.

The first to be used potatoes as food were the Irish. Originally gave as food to the pigs, but when he fell hunger period began to eat themselves. Also, the English and Germans, following the example of Irish, gave potatoes as food for prisoners and the poor. Over time, potatoes were spread throughout Europe.

The potato is in place when someone Cappuccino monk in 1818, the planting pot in the courtyard. For a long time ... dangerous food for the Athenians, until they tested the first bold old. It should be noted that fruit was considered initially and it took some years to go in the kitchen. Sometimes they put in the oven, roasting them with a little parsley, and when it came pour light ... salt water and pepper and several drops of raki or ouzo. Sometimes they were cut into slices, sprinkled with flour and fry in oil ... like a fish. When Kapodistrias 1833, distributed free for the first time in Nafplio nobody was interested in it, but when locked in the warehouse putting supposedly strict guard to keep the disappeared quickly, as stated period of time: ".... risky New Overseas walls, bags of potatoes and irpazon etreponto in fygin "

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Nutritional Value>

Nutritional Value

The potato is a rich natural source of many nutrients that boasts great food and value.

The potato is a vegetable garden consisting of 80% water and 20% dry substance. Specifically, 100 grams contains 18 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein, 0.1 grams fat, 1-3 grams of fiber, vitamins B and C and minerals calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and sodium. A medium potato contains 0.11 grams of micro-thiamine, pyridoxine 0.20 micrograms and 1.4 micrograms Niacin.

When the potatoes are eaten with the peel is a good source of fiber that have beneficial effects in the body.

Today with the new trends of healthy food have modeled our traditional "Mediterranean diet" such as potatoes and vegetables at the bottom of the pyramid structure which recommended to be consumed daily.

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