1610 - A True Declaration of the Estate of the Colonie in Virginia. - What should I speake of cucumbers, muske melons, pompions, potatoes, parsneps, carrets, turnups, which our gardens yeelded with little art and labour.
For Roots, there is,
Potatoes, Parsnips, Onyons, Sparragras, Carrots, Turneps, Hartichokes, all sorts of Herbes for Physick or Pot; all which grow without any such trouble as is taken for them England, and for delicacie farre exceeding the best Gardens here in England.
(first hand accounts of Virginia 1649 )
A Perfect Description of VIRGINIA - "20 That they have Roots of severall kindes,Potatoes, Sparagus, Carrets, Turnips, Parsnips, Onions, and Hartichokes."