THE LONG COUNT OF TIME has erased those who first sensed culinary worth in a toxic nightshade plant. But that heritage—tubers from shrouded valleys of the Andes—would make possible the rise of Northern Europe as a world power.
Spanish conquistadors, lusting after gold and silver, were at first blind to the precious luster of the Aztec's tuberous treasure. Bred in the isolation of their mountain kingdom, the indigenous people had transformed the native plant from toxic to esculent over the course of millenia.
Taken to Europe, the new tuber was at first met with skepticism. But acre by acre, the potato conquered the world, becoming one of earth’s greatest foods.
Join us in an exploration of a history-changing food, the “Über Tuber."