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Potato - Papa
More than 6,000 years ago in the high Andes of South America, people first domesticated the potato. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadores brought the potato from Peru to Europe, but it wasn't until two centuries later that potatoes were introduced into the European diet. Today, potato is the fourth most important crop in developing countries after rice, wheat, and maize.
More than 3 billion people consume potatoes.
The potato plant is a leafy, sprawling, almost vine like annual to 3' tall and spreading out a little more. The compound leaves are about 10" long and the 7-15 leaflets about 3" long. The tubers are not roots, but modified stems or rhizomes, and the "eyes" are really leaf buds. Potato flowers are rather showy: they are star-shaped, white, lavender, pink or light blue with yellow centers, about an inch across, and borne in clusters. The fruits are like small green tomatoes, about an inch in diameter, and contain several hundred seeds.
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