Fact 1: Who invented French Fries? The Frying cooking method, frying food
in hot fats or oils, dates back to the
Mesopotamian civilization that flourished c. 5000-3500 BC and spread to
other cultures across the Far East and Europe.
Fact 2: Who invented French Fries? French Fries would not be possible
without the potato. The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate
potatoes around 8,000 BC to 5,000 B.C. The Spanish Conquistadors conquered Peru
in 1536 and about twenty years later brought the potato back to Spain and
introduced the vegetable to Italy.
Fact 3: Who invented French Fries? In 1578 Sir Walter Raleigh sailed to
America, and is credited with bringing potatoes back to England, although they
were already known via the Spanish.
Fact 4: Who invented French Fries? Potatoes arrived in the British
Colonies of the New World in 1621 when the Governor of Bermuda, Nathaniel
Butler, sent two large cedar chests containing potatoes to Governor Francis
Wyatt of Virginia at Jamestown.
Fact 5: Who invented French Fries?
Eventually, farmers in Europe found that potatoes were easier to grow and
cultivate than other staple crops, such as wheat and oats. And people began to
experiment with different ways of cooking the potato.
Fact 6: Who
invented French Fries? The origin or French Fries is disputed by Belgium and
France. Belgians living in the in the Meuse valley, in what was once the Spanish
Netherlands, claim credit for the invention of French Fries prior to 1680.
But the French insist that there is a reference in France, dating from 1775, to
"a few pieces of fried potato". The Belgian claim is in doubt because apparently
the potato did not arrive in the Meuse valley region until around 1735 and is
highly doubtful that peasants would have used large quantities of fat for
cooking potatoes. The French claim hold more credence, purely by virtue of the
name, but we are unable to trace the reference source for the French quote.
Fact 7: Who invented
French Fries? What we do know is that in 1802, President Thomas Jefferson
had the White House chef prepare "frying potatoes in the French manner". Thomas
Jefferson had lived in Paris from August 1784 to September 1789 as the American
Minister to France, so it is likely that he enjoyed the dish during this period
and had a fancy for 'French fried' potatoes when he became president. The fries
would have been prepared by his French chef Honore Julien as "Pommes de
terre frites à cru" translated as "raw potatoes deep fried, having been cut into
Fact 8: Who invented
French Fries? The oldest recipe for the dish was published in 1856, in
'Cookery for Maids of All Work' written by E.Warren. The recipe states "French
Fried Potatoes. Cut new potatoes in thin slices, put them in boiling fat, add a
little salt; fry both sides of a light golden brown colour; drain".
Fact 9: Who invented French Fries? We therefore know that the term
"French fried potatoes" was used by 1856 and common sense dictates that the term
probably began to be shortened to "French Fries" around this time.
Fact 10: Who invented
French Fries? In America a recipe In America a recipe to "fry sliced potatos"
in "half an ounce of butter, and a table-spoonful of milk" by Mrs. Mary Randolph
was published in 1860 in a popular cook book entitled 'The Virginia Housewife:
Or Methodical Cook'.
Fact 11: Who invented French Fries? American Diners became extremely
popular during the 1900's serving simple food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, club
sandwiches, potato chips and French fries.
Fact 12: Who invented French Fries? Richard and Maurice McDonald opened
the first McDonald's restaurant in 1940. In 1949 they added milkshakes to their
menu and changed the potato chips to French fries.
Fact 13: Who invented French Fries? The J. R. Simplot Company (commonly
referred to as Simplot) was founded in 1929 is credited with successfully
commercializing French fries in frozen form during the 1940s.
Fact 14: Who invented French Fries? Each year July 13 is celebrated in
the United States as National French Fries Day.
Fact 15: Who invented French Fries? By 2005 the Simplot Company supplied
more than half of all French Fries for the McDonald's fast food chain.
McDonald's over 14,000 restaurants in the United States, and nearly 23,000 in
international locations and the tasty snack is enjoyed all over the