The Potatoes

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The potatoes
The Potatoes
Until recently the only news about the arrival of Canary fries was referred by Viera y Clavijo in his Dictionary of Natural
History (1866), indicating that it was first planted in the Upper Icod around 1622. However, Professor Lobo Cabrera (9) shows how the Provincial Historic Archive of Las Palmas are sending data potatoes from the Port of the Gran Canaria Islets in Antwerp (Flanders) in 1567 and a game, from Tenerife, Rouen (France) in 1574. As the author says, it is quite likely that cultivation in Gran Canaria making it come from previous decades and that this island bridge made ​​for introduction in Spain and Europe.
The first reliable data arriving in the Iberian Peninsula are obtained Hispalense File, specifically the books Hospital Blood Sevilla (8), which gathers inputs "potatoes" in 1573 and in 1576. These data would represent the first contribution of potatoes to Europe. In any case, from the taxonomic point of view, both arrivals to Canary potatoes as they reach the European continent were from Solanum tuberosum andigena group. The first evidence of the presence of the group have tuberosum in Europe in 1750 when Linnaeus described species, whose type corresponds to the group (6), although most herbarium specimens of this time is that of group andigena.

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