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by Shiomi Takagawa
(Tokyo)

French fries are the most common food all over the world. However, do you know why they are called "French fries"? French fries have a deep history in the relations between Scotland and France.

The UK produces a lot of potatoes, and its output takes fifth place in the EU. Scotland's latitude is higher than Hokkaido. In addition, it has a cool climate and good sunshine duration. That is why the UK is 5th in potato production in spite of its small land size.

But why is Scotland prosperous with potatoes? In the 1500's, Europe invaded South America, then potatoes spread back to Europe. In the 1600's, Prussia began potatoes cultivation, and then in the 1700's in France, deep-fried potatoes were born. Yes, it was the birth of the French fry!

In ancient times, Scotland concluded an alliance with France, so there are many food names which come from France. And it is said that Scotland's food is better than England's.

By the way, my father went to the UK on a pleasure trip in his student days. When he arrived there, there was no fresh food, but just greasy food like "Fish and Chips." He always ate Fish and Chips with whiskey; therefore, he had an upset stomach. It is a terrible history for him.

But he occasionally says "I feel like eating Fish and Chips! So let's eat it this evening." :D

He obviously hasn't learned from his painful experience. :x



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