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Potatoes really are amazing. There's probably a lot you don't know about this savory vegetable. We invite you to learn more fun and interesting facts. You're sure to win the next game of Trivial Pursuit - Potato Edition if you study hard.
110 Delicious Calories
In the average potato, there are an average of 110 calories.
Rich In Vitamins And Minerals
Potatoes are a rich source of minerals and vitamins, including Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, Vitamin B6, and magnesium.
Next time you grill a potato, try grilling it without wrapping it in foil. The foil tends to steam the potato, rather than "bake" it.
Potatoes Arrive In America
In 1621, the Governor of Bermuda sent a load of potatoes to the Governor of Virginia, the first time potatoes arrived in North America.
Antioxidant Content Of Potatoes
In a USDA study comparing antioxidant content of vegetables and fruits, the Russet potato ranked above kiwis, watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, and radishes with a score of 13.2, but far below blueberries at 62.2.
More Potassium Than A Banana
Why do bananas get all the credit, when a Russet potato (the most common type of potato, with a white pulp and brown skin) has more potassium?
Potatoes and Diabetes
More research needs to be done to definitively link potatoes and Type 2 diabetes.
Where To Store Your Potatoes
April 22, 2010: Put your potatoes in a cool, dark place (not the fridge). Keep them in a brown paper bag, not a plastic bag.
Don't Lose The Nutrients
April 12, 2010: To hold on to the valuable nutrients that are in the skin of potatoes, boil them.
Potatoes Low In Fat
April 5, 2010: Potatoes are a low-fat food. It's the frying and/or the toppings (sour cream, cheese, butter, bacon, chili, and the likes) that make them calorific.
March 30, 2010: Potatoes, when freshly harvested, contain 20% dry matter and 80% water. Of the dry matter, 60% to 80% is starch.
Out Of This World Potatoes
November 30, 2009: In 1995, potatoes were grown in space, aboard the space shuttle Columbia, a first for food production.
November 15, 2009: Because they're cheap, nutritious, and easy to grow (without fertilizers or additives), potatoes are considered an ec0-friendly crop.
Potatoes Are An Important Crop
September 5, 2009: Potatoes are the fourth most important crop worldwide, trailing only corn, wheat, and rice.
Mature Potatoes And New Potatoes
August 15, 2009: Potatoes, which come in more than 100 varieties, fall into two categories. Those that are grown to full maturity are known as mature potatoes, while those that are harvested before they reach full growth are known as new potatoes.
Potato Chip Invented In 1853
July 26, 2009: The potato chip was invented in 1853, in Saratoga Springs, New York, by George Crum. Crum, who was a chef at an elegant restaurant, became riled when a guest sent back an order of French fries, deemed too thick. In retaliation, Crum prepared a serving of brown, paper-thin potatoes, that luckily for everyone, became a huge hit.
73 Portions Of McDonald's Fries
July 12, 2009: The world's largest potato, at more than 18 pounds, would have made 73 portions of McDonald's medium fries.
Potato Blossom Crown
July 5, 2009: Marie Antoinette raised the popularity of potatoes when she wore a potato blossom crown.
The World's Largest Potato
June 28, 2009: The Guiness Book of Records traces the world's largest potato back to 1795, in England, when a whopper potato that weighed more than 18 pounds set the record.
Potato Crops Everywhere
June 21, 2009: Potatoes are grown in 125 countries around the world, and in all 50 American states.
The French Fry Comes To America
June 14, 2009: Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing French fries to America when he introduced them at a White House dinner.
French Were Mistaken About Potatoes
June 7, 2009: Up until the 18th century, the French were under the mistaken impression that potatoes caused leprosy.
Popularity Of Potatoes
May 31, 2009: The potato is the second most popular food in America, outranked only by milk products.
Summertime Is Hot Dog Grilling Time!
May 25, 2009: Summertime is grilling time, not only for baked potatoes, but also for hot dogs. An estimated 7 billion hot dogs will be consumed by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Germans Love Potatoes
Potatoes - Apples Of The Ground
May 2, 2009: The French consider potatoes "apples of the ground," which is the exact translation for "pomme de terre."
Sweet Potatoes Considered A Superfood
April 25, 2009: Superfoods are foods that are high in nutrients and believed to have disease-fighting properties. Sweet potatoes qualify in that category, with their high vitamin content, low calorie count, and rich levels of potassium, manganese, and fiber.
The Most Famous Potato Of All...Mr. Potatohead
April 18, 2009: The iconic toy, Mr. Potatohead, holds the distinction of being the first toy to be advertised on television. He made his debut in 1952.
The Great Irish Famine
April 11, 2009: The Great Irish Famine occurred between 1845 and 1852, when thousands of potato crops were destroyed by fungi, and millions of Irish men, women, and children starved to death.
Kids Prefer French fries
April 4, 2009: Kids prefer French fries over all other types of vegetable. In fact, fries represent about 25% of kids’ vegetable consumption. For a healthy, tasty alternative, try tempting your children with grilled baked potatoes.
Making Sure Your Potatoes Are Fresh
March 28, 2009: You shouldn’t eat potatoes if they’ve turned green or started to sprout. If you’d like to enjoy grilling baked potatoes without the risk of food poisoning, go to the store and buy a fresh sack.
100 Varieties of Potatoes
March 21, 2009: There are more than 100 edible varieties of potatoes, most of which are suitable for grilling. White, red, and Russet are the most popular choices for grilled baked potatoes.
The Sweet Potato is a Superfood
March 14, 2009: The sweet potato officially qualifies as a “Superfood,” rich in properties that help fight disease. Next time you’re firing up the barbeque, try grilling sweet potatoes.