From French fries and scalloped to mashed and alcoholic beverages, potatoes are the most important vegetable crops in the world. They’re packed with tons of nutrients, including potassium, Vit. C, Vit. B6, phosphorus, manganese, and more.
Grown in over 100 countries around the world, potatoes are native to the Peruvian-Bolivian Andes, as well as the fourth largest crop in the world, after corn, wheat, and rice. The potato is considered a vegetable and belongs to the nightshade family - the same family that eggplants, tomatoes, tomatillos, and peppers belong to.
Interestingly, there are nearly 5000 cultivated varieties of potatoes worldwide, and about 200 wild species and subspecies, many of which can be cross-bred with cultivated varieties. That said, potatoes are extremely diverse.
In Latin America, potatoes are used in a wide-range of notable dishes - ocopa, papa seca, papa rellena, milcaos, and chapaleles.
In Europe, there are several traditional and popular dishes in which potatoes are highlighted - ‘fish and chips, the tattie scone, colcannon, and cepelinai.
In North America, it is typical to see French fries and hash browns on menus. Other favorites include baked potatoes topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chives; boiled potatoes; mashed potatoes; and potato cakes.
Further in North America, the United States in particular, Idaho potatoes are the go-to potatoes. With close to 13 billion pounds of Idaho potatoes being harvested yearly, 9 out of 10 Americans associate potatoes with Idaho in comparison to any other state. Due to the mountain-fed irrigation, rich volcanic soil, and the warm growing season, Idaho potatoes have a unique texture and taste, and come in four varieties - Russet, Red, Gold, and Fingerling.
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