Who Invented French Fries, How Did it Get its Name, and Where Did They Come From?

The Belgians are crazy about french fries.

As a matter of fact, fries are their national dish, and they’ve been eating them with buckets of mussels since the mid-1800s.

The French also claim inventing fries, because to “french” any food means to cut it very thin.

The problem is that the Belgian claim predates the French technique by about fifty years.

Usually this discussion ignores the fact that 40 percent of Belgians speak French, so they can take the credit.

The largest producer of french fries in the world is McCain Foods Limited, a Canadian company in Florenceville, New Brunswick.

McCain has thirty potato processing plants on six continents around the world.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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