Websites, books, and various resources about potatoes.
Despite the common belief that all vodka is made from potatoes, very little of it is. We'll look at when and where vodka was first made from potatoes as we trace the spirit's history.
Potatoes originally come from Peru, but they're only the 18th largest producers of the crop. China and India, which are relatively new producers of potatoes, are the top growers. Then the US and Russia are nearly tied for third and fourth.
We have looked at what a potato is and the introduction of the potato to Europe. Now we'll look at the slow spread of potatoes around the continent, then talk about french fries, yum.
In today's history lesson, we'll look at how the potato came to Europe.
The potato is native to the Andes mountains in Peru, and was the most important crop of the Incas. There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, and all potatoes came from this single place of origin.
In this post we'll look at commercial brands of bottled water that resemble water from the Speyside, Highlands, and Islay regions of Scotland. We saw before that different waters bring out different properties in scotch whisky. We can then look at properties of bottled water from Scotland. Thanks to UisgeSource, we can look at the properties of Highland, Speyside, and Islay water that they collected. See this post for more details. But as this water isn't available everywhere yet, we can look at their water analysis and try to find other bottled water that is somewhat close in pH level...
In the Water Project here on Alcademics, I'm looking at what is in commercial brands of sparkling mineral waters and reconstructing them. To do so, first I looked at how to get all the dissolved solids out of tap water. Then I measured properties of commercial mineral waters - pH and dissolved solids- and compared them with publicly available information. The next step was to examine what each mineral in mineral water tasted like on its own. Again referring to the information on Khymos.org, I could see that the primary minerals in mineral water are Calcium, Sodium, Magnesium, and Potassium....