Facts and Quotes:
Spanish explorer Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada first came across a potato in 1537 in South America. He discovered they were easy to grow, could be stored for long periods and were a good food source. Europeans were suspicious of potatoes at first. They confused them with the poisonous and deadly nightshade plant and suspected them of, at the very least, causing flatulence. Potatoes became fashionable when Queen Marie-Antoinette wore potato flowers in her hair.