In the Peruvian Andes not far from the city of Cuzco at an altitude of around 4500 metres there lies the true treasure of the Incas: the potato. Even 8,000 years ago, the aboriginal tribes in the mountain regions grew potatoes. Today this legacy is maintained by the indigenous Quechua people.
The farmers cultivate an estimated 3000 different varieties in their fields on the steep mountain slopes. They are concerned not only to ensure the survival of old varieties, but also to develop new, resistant potatoes. The potato, though, is not just a source of nutrition, but also a medicinal plant. We all profit from the struggle of the Andean farmers to preserve their heritage. The potato is one of the world’s most important staple foods.
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