Potato Fun Facts by sandymcKelvey


									Chef in the                                                       Executive Chef, Jason Wood from

                                                                   at The Highlands Country Club
Potato Day!
                                                                                                 JUST THE FACTS
How did the Potato get its name?
                                                                                      • There are close to 4000 different varieties
The English word “potato” comes from Spanish “patata” (the                              of potatoes, Some of the most well known
name used in Spain). The Spanish Royal Academy says                                     are: russets, reds, whites, yellows (also
“patata” is a compound of the Taino word “batata” (sweet                                called Yukons) and purples.
potato) and the Quechua word “papa” (potato). The English                             • The world’s largest potato weighed more
then adopted the word to be "potato."                                                   than 18 pounds, according to the Guinness
                                                                                        Book of World Records.
            A TASTE OF POTATO HISTORY                                                 • The potato is the most important non-
                                                                                        grain crop in the world, and fourth most
  The potato was originally cultivated in Peru between 3000
                                                                                        important food crop overall. Only corn,
  and 2000 BC. The Spanish explorers introduced the
                                                                                        wheat, and rice are more important. In the
  potato to Europe in the 1500’s. By the end of 17th century
                                                                                        US, potato products are the second most
  the potato had become an important crop in Ireland.
                                                                                        consumed food overall, trailing only dairy
  At a White House dinner in 1802, President Thomas                                     products.
  Jefferson was the first person to serve french fries in the
  United States.                                                                      • According to the USDA, the average Ameri-
                                                                                        can eats 140 pounds of potatoes each year,
  In 1995, potato plants were taken into space with the
                                                                                        including over 50 pounds of French fries.
  space shuttle Columbia. This marked the first time any
  food was ever grown in space.                                                       • Potatoes are only 20% solids…and 80%
  Today potatoes are grown in over 100 countries and in all                             water.
  50 of the United States.                                                            • Potatoes are high in vitamin C, which helps
                                                                                        our bodies heal faster and prevents colds. A
                                                                                        potato contains more potassium than a
Mr. Potato Head was                                                                     banana, and the skins are high in fiber.
introduced by the Hasbro                                                              • In New York, potatoes are a late-season
company in 1952. It was                                                                 crop and are harvested from July to
originally produced as                                                                  November. But they store really well and
separate plastic parts                                                                  are available year-round.
intended to be used with a                                                            • Look for them at the Cold Spring Farmers’
real potato!                                                                            Market.


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