The lovely, ordinary potato was once upon a time condemned by the aristocracy as unfit for their own consumption. :’)
I’ll stick with my potatoes you can have your corn...:>)
Potatoes were taken from South America to Ireland where they became the staple food of the poor. Unfortunately, they shifted to a large, prolific potato that had very poor flavor, and of course was very sensitive to potato blight. More than a million people starved. Thus the large number of Irish now in the US.
I've been reading Macauley, who has, to say the least, strong opinions. One reason he offers for the English being superior to the benighted Irish is they eat bread while the Irish have to eat that tuber.