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The Lumper of Ill Repute

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lumpersThis photo is of the lumper potato! The Irish Potato Famine, which killed thousands of people and caused millions to emigrate in the 1840s, was caused by reliance on one kind of potato — the lumper!– that turned out to be vulnerable to a fungus that grew in a damp spell. The fungus killed all of Ireland’s potatoes. The story of the lumper is a great one to remind us to support a variety of food grown with real seeds that are rich in genetic diversity in order to avoid such disasters. Besides, the lumper isn’t even that tasty! – Eco-Fail! Buy heirlooms instead!

–Annie, with lumpers from her heirloom gardener friend Amy Goldman

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic,

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2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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  • Michaelfaymckenna says:

    I’m growing some lumpers in our local school at the request of the teacher who wants them to illustrate life around time of famine. I hope they can be grown blight free and look as good as yours/Amy’s

    Michael

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  • Eileen says:

    Would you have any information as to the nutrient breakdown of the Lumper potato?  I am doing a talk about such a topic to an informal Irish History group of interested people. Would appreciate any such information. Thank you
    Eileen 

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  • William H. A. Williams says:

    Although some said it tasted like soap, it was nutritious. Irish peasants often under cooked it, so that the center was raw. This was called “the bone in the spud.” Since it took longer to digest, it staved off hunger.

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