The Introduction of the Potato into Ireland

  title={The Introduction of the Potato into Ireland},
  author={William H. Mcneill},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={218 - 222}
  • W. Mcneill
  • Published 1 September 1949
  • History
  • The Journal of Modern History
THE potato, known to botanists as Solanttm tuberosum esculentum, was native to the west coast of South America. How and when it was introduced into Europe is uncertain; but by I588 the new plant was grown in Italy, as we know from records left by a famous botanist, Carolus Clusius.' The first published description which shows that its author had seen potatoes in Europe is contained in John Gerard's Herball, or general historic of plantes (London, I597). He called them "potatoes of Virginia… 
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