Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Origins of Potato

The word 'potato' followed roughly the same route as the potato itself. The Taino people, indigenous to the Caribbean, used the word 'batata' to refer to sweet potatoes. In the 16th century, the Spanish took the vegetable and the word: 'patata.' The English adopted it as 'potato,' and this later came to refer to regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting - I love your research on origins of words. In Portuguese, the word for potato is 'batata'.