Parmentier offers a bunch of potatoes to King Louis XVI
(Illustrated supplement to the Petit Journal)
Coll. Yezid Allaya. Inv. n° 97.2.1
Introduced to France
in the 16th century, the potato was ill-considered by the population.
Antoine-Augustin de Parmentier (1737-1813) used a trick to have the folk accept it.
He brought a bunch of potato flowers to Versailles.
King Louis XVI adorned his dress with one flower and the whole Court followed his example.
Potato was progressively accepted in the country as its advantages were recognized by both farmers and consumers.