# Before the war, the potato was considered to be food fit only for the poor!

Before the war, the potato was considered to be food fit only for the poor!  - Private collection, M. Bertholot ©

Before the war, the potato was considered to be food fit only for the poor! - Private collection, M. Bertholot ©

Who could imagine Belgium without potatoes?

This food, that crossed the Atlantic from the Andes Mountains to Europe in the boats of the "conquistadors", found a place in the Flemish farmlands at the end of the 17th century, and took almost a hundred years to spread throughout the whole of Wallonia!

Its farming was primarily motivated by food shortages, famine and a scarcity of bread, considered to be the "true" basic food par excellence. Before the war, its consumption particularly in popular settings prompted some of the more comfortable strata of society – not yet "obliged" to eat potatoes – to consider the potato as a food fit only for the "poor".

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