What Is A Potato, Anyway?

Potatoes! You know them, you love them. But what is a potato, really? And where did potatoes come from? Potatoes, quite simply, are the tuber that changed the world. Originally domesticated by Indigenous peoples of the Andean highlands and brought back across the Atlantic by Spanish colonizers in the 16th century, many researchers argue that the humble potato contributed to the rise of modern forms of agriculture in Europe.