Saturday, August 19, 2023

It is National Potato Day!

It is National Potato Day! Certainly the potato is a very versatile root and able to be fixed and enjoyed in so many ways, it is most worthy of a day to celebrate it for sure! So let's start with some fun potato facts . . . did you know . . . 

  • Potatoes were the first plant grown in space in 1995.
  • The Incas of Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8000 BC to 5000 BC.
  • In 1974 Eric Jenkins grew 370 pounds from a single potato plant!
  • 35% of the potato crop is turned into french fries, 28% is used for fresh, and 13% goes to chips!
  • On average, US residents consume 110 pounds of potatoes per year.  Europeans consume twice that much!
You will find more fun potato facts at this link.

There are so many ways to enjoy potatoes, from the simple boiled and mashed to potato soup, au gratin potatoes, in a stew, and of course, french fried potatoes! What is your favorite way to enjoy potatoes? However you like them, gather your family, grab some potatoes and celebrate! Enjoy!

You will find out more about this day at the following link.

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