Potato Fact #195

Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage kicked off the ‘”Columbian Exchange,” the widespread transfer of animals, plants, culture, human populations, technology, and ideas between the American and Afro- Eurasian hemispheres in the 15th and 16th centuries. Tomatoes and potatoes took another 300 years after introduction before gaining widespread acceptance in the cultures where they are now considered traditional Old World food staples.