Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"One of the varieties that will be stored in Svalbard is known as the 'bride's potato'"

Its unusual name, it is said, dates back to Incan times, when a bride was expected to peel this potato in order to display that she had the necessary skills to be a good wife.

Peruvian potato samples stored in Svalbard.


  1. I like what they've got going up there in Svalbard. It's much more democratic than say, the Repository for Germinal Choice.

  2. I find it hard to believe the Incas were into prodigious potato peeling. What for? Smoother mashed potatoes? Even if the skins were inedible or tough as shoe leather back then, the tender insides could still be eaten or scraped out once baked.

    But...If they were, and "How fast you peel?" was the first Bride question, "Can you mash? may have been the unspoken second.

  3. I'm not sure (squints to see) but I think those 'taters are sprouting eyes....

  4. I've heard it said that there are only two images that can't be found on the internet, blue potatoes and blue waffles. Looks like they were wrong on at least one of those, eh? lol