These ancient tubers were small, bitter, and far from the satisfying potatoes, we know today. But they caught the attention of the indigenous people, who recognized their potential and began cultivating them around 8000 to 5000 BC.
The potato’s global adventure began in the 16th century when European explorers, captivated by the New World’s riches, stumbled upon these earthy treasures.
Scientists have created genetically modified (GM) potato varieties ² with enhanced resistance to diseases, pests, and environmental stresses by introducing specific genes into the potato’s DNA.
Humans have certainly played a vital role in its development, from early domestication to modern genetic modification. However, labeling the potato as “man-made” might be a stretch.