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der Kartoffelbefehl

Der Kartoffelbefehl or How the potato came to Germany

The potato is one of the most favorite vegetables in Germany. Every German eats between 60 to 70 kilo of potatoes each year! And Germans invented many ways to cook the spuds over the years.

Before we get into the vocabulary around potatoes in a second post, here is some short historical background. Friedrich II. von Preußen better known as Friedrich der Große or Der Alte Fritz issued an order in 1756 which was titled Kartoffelbefehl, potato order. In this order he urged the administration in the different Prussian provinces to make sure that farmers plant potatoes in order to get a better food supply for the Prussian population.

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