The potato is a very popular vegetable. In fact, it is the 4th biggest food crop in the world. Potatoes are also versatile as they can be smashed, grilled, roasted, fried, baked and mashed. The potato derives its name from the Spanish term “patata”. The potato is also known as spud and tater. This widely held vegetable is grown in around 125 countries across the globe. Potatoes are especially loved by kids. There is a popular mistaken belief and myth that potatoes are unhealthy. On the contrary, they are very much rich in nutrients. Actually consuming a single medium sized potato fulfils 45% of your daily requirement of vitamin C. Potatoes are also rich in various other vitamins including Vitamin B6, potassium, fibre and minerals. The vegetable is about 20% solids and 80% water. The skin of the potato has 20% of its nutrition whereas the bulk of the nutrition is contained in the flesh. In the U.S.A., there are seven different kinds of potatoes that are grown.
An interesting fact is that 13% of the potato harvest is used for shoestrings and chips, 28% as fresh potatoes and majority of 35% becomes frozen French fries. Though, they are vegetables, potatoes contain a good amount of carbohydrates. Insects like bumblebees pollinate the potato plant. China is the top producer of this versatile vegetable. Potatoes are quite easy to cultivate. On the other hand, they don’t store well after they are purchased. Potato chips are amongst the most consumed snacks world-wide regardless of health concerns. The most popular varieties of potatoes available are Fingerling, Desiree, Kennebec, Yukon Gold and Russet. Amazingly, the potato was the first vegetable that was grown in space. Another great reality about potatoes is that they help you to feel full for a longer time! Potatoes have only 110 calories. Another great reason to eat this scrumptious vegetable!