Where the Word Potato Comes From


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The word “potato” comes from the Haitian word “batata”, which was their name for a sweet potato.  This later came to Spanish as “patata” and eventually into English as “potato”.

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  • Actually it comes from spanish. Batata is portuguese and it was adopted after spanish started trading the potatoes they extensively found in Peru, where it originally comes from.

  • Margau is right to say they came from the andean cordillera. peru is one of the places it comes from, but can also be found in bolivia. The English name Potato comes from the word used in Spain, Patata, which in turn is a compound word of Taino (Batata), and the Quechua word for this root Papa, which we use in Mexico.