The potato reached Estonia between 1740 and 1750 and went on to become one of the most important food crops by the end of the 19th Century. As rye bread had been Estonia’s main food for centuries, the potato was oftend called second bread. Potatoes were also used as the primary ingredient for producing alcoholic spirits at Estonia’s manor houses. Over the last ten years, the consumption of potatoes in Estonia has dropped by half and yet it remains an important source of nourishment. Mashed potatoes, potato salad, fried potatoes, and oven-baked potatoes are still the favourite foods of many Estonians.
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