In Qorikancha, a city of the Inca’s in modern day Peru, featured a now legendary garden complete with gold corns on silver stalks, and gold potatoes. When the Spanish arrived, causing major unheaval and general carnage, much of Qorikancha’s gold was melted down and sent back to Spain before they ever learned of the cultural value of our humble friend, the potato. Small versions of vegetables, and llamas amongst other valued commodities were often cast in precious metals and given as offerings. Sadly, no gold potatoes remain.
Picture: 1 of just 3 known life sized cobs of corn created out of a silver-gold alloy.
The garden of Qorikancha is in my dreams.