On the trail of the potato, from Peru to Youghal

Sir Walter Raleigh apparently brought them to Ireland and they’ve been the Irish national vegetable ever since

Legend has it that the British explorer Sir Walter Raleigh brought the potato to Ireland, planting it at his Irish home (or plantation even), Myrtle Grove in Youghal, Co Cork.

The vegetable originated with the Inca Indians in Peru, so it is quite possible that Raleigh, known for his explorations of the Americas, brought some home with him to the town where he served as mayor in the 1580s.

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