Having grown up in a huge Irish-Catholic family that ate potatoes virtually every evening for dinner, my papa almost eradicated the bulbs from our table. Family members of his had actually handed downed stories (probably myths) of their ancestors peeling off away rotten skins during the potato starvation back in the Old Country, and the loved one wealth of edible, low-cost ones in Northern California during the mid-20th century had actually caused a reactive potato saturation, regarding he was concerned.
NPR’s The Salt blog honors St. Patrick’s Day 2014 with a historical note on the Great Scarcity as well as foods colored environment-friendly for the March 17 holiday: Some Irish do not find the shade so charming, a lot less appealing. From the blog post:
The factor, [historian Christine Kinealy, PhD] discusses, is the Irish potato starvation of the 1840s, which required so numerous Irish to run away mass malnourishment in their homeland searching for much better times in The U.S.A. and in other places. Those that stayed behind turned to determined measures.
‘ People were so denied of food that they turned to consuming lawn,’ Kinealy informs The Salt. ‘In Irish folk memory, they speak about people’s mouths being green as they passed away.’
At least a million Irish died in the span of six years, claims Kinealy, the founding director of Ireland’s Great Appetite Institute at Quinnipiac College in Connecticut. Which is why, for an Irishwoman like Kinealy, that hails from Dublin as well as County Mayo, the view of green-tinged edibles intended as a joyous nod to Irish history can be jolting, she says.
‘ Prior to I concerned The U.S.A., I ‘d never seen an eco-friendly bagel.’ She says. ‘For Irish-Americans, they think of dying food green, they believe everything enjoys. Really, in terms of the starvation, this is really sad imagery.’