Remember that post I did a while back when I talked all about Old World/New World foods? I mentioned that I added potatoes to some of my favorite Westerosi dishes, like Roast Aurochs with Leeks, because in GRRM’s writings there are already a lot of other New World foods in Westeros. After all, beans, squash, pumpkins, pecans, and corn are all post-Columbus (and thus unknown in Medieval Europe) but make an appearance in Westeros.
Well, it turns out that at least on HBO’s Game of Thrones, potatoes do in fact exist in Westeros.
Sort of like that (famous? or infamous?) moment in the Peter Jackson film The Two Towers when Sam goes on and on about potatoes when Gollum asks about “taters, precious”. [By the way, I apologize in advance for any embedding issues – Geoff].
Anyway, in Game of Thrones I can recall them being mentioned more than once. The most recent time was in this last episode (Season 4 Episode 3), when a Northman and his son talk about them just before the Wildlings attack.
But that isn’t the only time, just the most recent one. I can recall them being mentioned at least two other times. I even found a clip of one of those other occasions. Rast talks about “ham and potatoes” starting around 1:10 as the Nights Watch survivors talk about Craster and his hidden food.
So the evidence is in: potatoes exist in Westeros (certainly in the North), or at least in the HBO version of Westeros.