Potatoes were a superfood when they came to Europe in the 1600s. They were a tougher crop, easier to grow, and massively bigger yield of calories per acre compared with the previous staple crops.
But at first people just didn’t want to eat potatoes, which they saw as disgusting and probably toxic. It took a century for potatoes to catch on.
Today, people are trying to introduce plant-based meats and insects as food in the west, to mitigate global warming. These foods face similar problems.
The Secret History of the Future: Meat and Potatoes