As potatoes from a noble carriage migrated to a peasant garden
After Columbus brought the first potato tubers to Europe, they made a splash in high noble society. But potato was not famous for its taste, but ... for its beauty. Blue and white flowers of potatoes, which bloom very amicably, touched the Spanish, Portuguese and French young ladies and they began to decorate their hairstyles with potato flowers. Even tiny porcelain vases with narrow necks were invented, which were hidden in lush hairstyles and only delicate and fragile potato flowers looked out.
Potatoes were grown in front gardens, greenhouses and as a houseplant in wrought silver and ivory pots. Imagine the joy of a Spanish grant in which potatoes bloomed in a private greenhouse by Christmas - you can present a bouquet of elegant flowers to even the queen as a gift.
The planting material, i.e., the tubers, was treated with the same reverence: they placed one potato in brocade, beautifully decorated bags with a gold ribbon, carried with them in a carriage, walked with such bags along the Seine embankment in Paris, the Tiber in Rome - they say, marvel at the good people, how rich we are!
But, alas, potatoes are a prolific plant and soon such wealth was more than enough for everyone. The price of the product fell, potatoes were planted for some time along the roadsides, in the vast flowerbeds of the noble parks, but it also appeared in petty bourgeois gardens, ceasing to be the privilege of the nobility. Moreover, as a result of more and more frequent expeditions to America across Europe, a rumor spread that potatoes could be eaten. Just eat it began from the wrong end. People were fixated on the flowers, so they ate what remains after the flowers - green poisonous balls.
As a result - mass poisoning, people began to despise the once famous noble favorite. But then the rumors from America were corrected - they explained to the people that the Indian savages eat the tubers of this plant, which are located in the ground. The nobility did not eat, something that some red-skinned savages eat there, and the people liked the potatoes. It has long been called the food of the poor.
Potato failures in Europe were the cause of the riots and even the revolutions of 1789 and 1848, which seriously affected the social system of the leading European countries. In Russia, potatoes, as we know, were introduced by the tsar-reformer Pyotr forcibly and even became a stumbling block between Orthodox people and schismatic Old Believers. The schismatics called it the "damn apple" and made it possible forever and ever not to pollute the land by sowing potatoes and tobacco.
Potatoes saved our people during the famine of the great wars. People kept a ditty about a favorite vegetable:
What an honor
If there were no potatoes
We wouldn’t know what it is!