antler sprouts and vegetal hearts

Did you know that the potato inspired deer to grow antlers? Neither did I. But apparently potato hungry deer began sprouting their own antlers after countless years of tater munching. And certain northern European tribes that roamed in tandem with these wild deer had a trophy to bestow upon only the bravest of wanderers: the heart of the spud.

This phenomenon has also been documented in the Americas where the heart of the cactus was also bestowed as a trophy of bravery.

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