Food history is SO much fun! I love reading about eating habits of people in the past or even things like how people considered certain things like potatoes and tomatoes poisonous and hence, inedible at some point. There are tons of food history books and there are some I recommend which you can see at the bottom of this page.
Today I’m sharing something about potatoes. While reading up a bit on these, I came across some very interesting things- some of which I have included in my sketch and the others, well, I will keep in mind and include later in another sketch maybe. For instance, did you know:
1- Marie Antoinette liked the potato flowers so much that she put them in her hair. Her husband, Louis XVI, put one in his buttonhole, inspiring a brief vogue in which the French aristocracy swanned around with potato plants on their clothes. The flowers were part of an attempt to persuade French farmers to plant and French diners to eat this strange new species. (You can read more about this here.)
2- During his scientific expedition to Patagonia aboard HMS Beagle, British naturalist Charles Darwin became fascinated by a surprisingly adaptable South American plant. In his log, Darwin wrote: “It is remarkable that the same plant should be found on the sterile mountains of Central Chile, where a drop of rain does not fall for more than six months, and within the damp forests of the southern islands. The plant Darwin observed was the potato. (Full article here.)
3- The ancient Incas worshiped potatoes.
4- The world’s most expensive potato chips : $56 for a set of five — $11.20 apiece. Check it out here.
5- Today, potatoes are the fourth largest food crop in the world.
For this sketch, I used J. Herbin inks, the shades and swatches are here in this video for you to check out-