While Vodka is sometimes made today with Potatoes, it was not originally so. The Potato—which originated in Peru—did not arrive in Europe until more than 200 years after the birth of Vodka.
Furthermore, unlike common cereal grains and fruits, the starch in Potatoes does not readily convert to yeast-friendly sugar. In 1809 The Perfect Distiller and Brewer—a Polish publication—declared that Potatoes make for the worst Vodka.
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