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The potato has been a much maligned vegetable. In 16th and 17th century Europe, the potato, a recent arrival from South America, was thought to cause plague and leprosy. It took a marketing campaign to create an appetite for the potato. The 18th century French pharmacist and potato booster Antoine Parmentier published promotional pamphlets that drew the curiosities of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The royal couple soon became loyal potato supporters, wearing nosegays of potato flowers and encouraging the use of potato imagery in the design of fabrics and ceramics.
This painting appears in the 2005 Food For Thought calendar.