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ORIGINS

POTATOES

Regarding the consumption of potatoes, the first sign of the presence of the tuber crop in Calabria is found in the Annals of the Reign of Naples of 1811, the first serious and methodical investigation on the South wanted by Joachim Murat when he took office in the Reign of Naples. In the book, with reference to the land of "Calabria Citra", there is a list of all the cultivated plants of the time and among them is also reported the "apple of the earth solanum tuberosum" with the caveat that the tuber was known for "good quality, and the healthy [properties] . At the time it was usually cultivated in gardens and "then transplanted into fertilized soil." Since its introduction in Calabria, potato, thanks to the favourable climatic, soil and morphological conditions of some production areas particularly suited (e.g. the Sila Plateau) became so closely linked to the territory to establish a strong liaison with the traditional cuisine of Calabria, heritage of a country world not even too far away. Famous are the dishes prepared with homemade pasta topped with chilli, garlic, anchovies, ricotta cheese, mushrooms, cheese, vegetables and potatoes of course. These are also combined with meat, roasted or grilled and served as a side dish.

Among the most famous or more characteristics recipes of farmers' cooking with potato we remind:

• Cabbage soup with chicory, beans and potatoes,

• Pasta potatoes and eggs,

• Pasta and baked potatoes,

• Pasta potatoes and zucchini.

• Pasta with wild fennel potatoes and meat,

• roast meat, especially pork, lamb, goat, wild boar of which the area is rich, accompanied by side dishes of potatoes.