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Root Down With Your Root Veggies

Posted by Jessica Meyers Altman on

Root Down With Your Root Veggies

Coming up soon is St. Patrick's Day. One of the iconic veggies in Irish history is the potato. Known for both famine and feast, the potato plays a central role in Irish foods. You may wonder why. Irish weather is wet and cold. Their growing season not so long. Root crops play an important role in survival in climates such as these. Potatoes are a nutrient dense, hardy, and shelf stable crop, important for peasant farmers. The potato famine struck Ireland between the years of 1845-9, when the potato crop was damaged by blight over the 4 years, a fungus...

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