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Taters were a plant with edible tubers cultivated in many areas of Middle-Earth, from the Shire to even Rohan. It is unknown if the plant was native to middle-earth are was perhaps imported by the númenorean Colonists (like Pipeweed and Athelas), however Taters (or "potatoes") were known to the Noldor as Grothorf or Podod.Plants closely related to common Taters were the Rewk and the Vandar.

speculations

As Taters are often translated as "Potatoes" it may be possible that Taters were an early relative of the Potato plant (As Pipeweed was a relative of Nicotiana).However it may be possible that Taters were simply different native tubers (perhaps a remote relative to  earth-bread).

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