Potato Fact #103

Until the mid-19th century, Russian peasants passively resisted laws that required potato cultivation. The “potato revolts” turned violent when the laws were enforced by the “iron hand” of Tsar Nicholas l, who deployed armed troops to quell the insurgency. Over 500,000 peasants revolted for religious, political, and superstitious causes. By the turn of the century, the potato had become an integral part of Russian cuisine and culture.