Potatoes & Sweet potatoes
Potatoes were first introduced to Europe in late 1500s during the so-called Columbian Exchange. They were then brought by the King of Spain to the Pope in 1565 but were not widely accepted due to their negative image in the beginning. But the Italians later named it “tartufoli”, meaning a little truffle. In north Italy, potato is used to make gnocchi, a type of pasta, which has become one of the signature Italian dishes.
Sweet Potato are mainly grown in the Lazio and Veneto regions of Italy, where the soil is particularly rich, crucial for its growth and quality. Depending on its variety, the colour of the skin and flesh can swing between yellow, orange, red, brown, purple, beige and white. Sweet potatoes with pale peel and flesh are the most popular variety in Italy.