Kinder, David; Bamberg, John; Louderback, Lisbeth; Pavlik, Bruce; and Del Rio, Alfonso, "Solanum jamesii as a Food Crop: History and Current Status of a Unique Potato" (2021). Pharmacy Faculty Scholarship. 464.
Solanum jamesii is a wild potato found in the US southwest. There is ample evidence that this potato was used by ancestral Puebloans as a food source, where some researchers think it was used as a starvation food while others consider it to be regular food source. Currently this potato is being grown by Native Americans, notably the Navajo, as a specialty food as well as a food crop. There are several attributes to this potato that make it especially suitable for development as our climate changes and food needs become more demanding, including its drought tolerance and ability to be crossed with other wild potato species and cultivars.