Sweet Potato Travels

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How far would you go for some sweet potato fries?

By analyzing the DNA of over 1,000 sweet potato varieties, researchers determined that this tuber made it from the Andes to the Polynesian Islands way before Europeans reached the "new" mainland. In fact, archaeologists have found prehistoric evidence of the South American sweet potato in Polynesia.
And while there is debate over this theory, there is also evidence that chickens came with Polynesian sailors to Peru before European contact, as well. So what is the moral of this story? No distance is too great when it comes to your sweet potato fries.

Photo by @missmarzipancom đŸ’•content adapted from @npr "The Salt".

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