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How to succeed with spuds

publication date: Jan 1, 2005
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Potatoes, Solanum tuberosum, like many of our favorite foods, have their roots in South America. Depending upon which source you read, they were domesticated in Peru as recently as 4,000 or as long as 7,000 years ago. The fact that they were a staple in the elevations of their native area gives us a clue as to the conditions they prefer – cool and not too wet. Originally, they were small tubers in various colors and shapes, and day length sensitive for the formation of tubers.

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