Latin America’s gift to the dinner table to have its day in Cartago

One of the great discoveries during the western expansion by Europeans was the lowly potato. The plants produced a dietary staple in Germans and later in Ireland.

An adult farm worker would exist on four to six boiled potatoes a day. And many did.

The potato and its edible tubers are truly a Latin American product. Researchers think that natives in Perú and Bolivia started farming the wild potato perhaps as long ago as 10,000 years. Even today Peruvian cuisine is interspersed with great potato recipes.

The Cámara de Paperos, as potato growers are called, has 1,600 members supporting 5,000 families, it reported.

The chamber was announcing the Día Nacional de la Papa, which will be celebrated with a fair in La Lima de Cartago. The province is a big potato producer.

The fair is Aug. 12 to 14 from 8  a.m. to 6 p.m. Of course there will be potatoes, either raw or processed in many dishes.

The goal, of course, is to promote the consumption of potatoes.

The potato ranks third in the Costa Rican diet after rice and wheat flour.

A lot of the country’s agricultural work still is done by hand, like this potato harvest.

A lot of the country’s agricultural work still is done by hand, like this potato harvest.

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