Like the Scots and the Irish, Scandinavians became dependent upon the potato as a major food source in the 18th century.
In Norway, the tuber (native to America) was introduced in the 1760s by Potato Pastors—clergymen who hoped that the "ubiquitous" potato would end hunger permanently in Norway.
It seemed like a good idea at the time: the population doubled. Then, in 1847, the same potato blight that decimated Ireland hit Scandinavia prompting a mass migration to America and its unaffected potato fields.
The potato is still so beloved by Norwegians that they have a saying about a multi-talented individual: Er litt som poteten; kan brukes til det meste ("He is like a potato—good at everything."). Here are four Scandinavian ways to enjoy this most versatile of root vegetables.
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