The ultimate all-rounder is happy on any menu, whether as a bowl of perfect, crisp chips or as a decadent pomme purée. Russell Brown reports
Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Thomas Harriot are all names associated with the introduction of the potato to the British Isles from Virginia in 1586.
Raleigh was supposed to have introduced the tuber to England, and he first planted them on his estate near Cork, but another theory is that they were washed up on the Irish shoreline from the wreckage of the Spanish Armada.
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