National Potato Day!

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Observed on August 19, this food holiday honors the humble potato and its importance worldwide

Origins

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The potato originated in the Andes Mountains in South America over 10,000 years ago. The Incas domesticated it.

Nutrition

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Potatoes are healthy, full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like vitamin C, potassium, and flavonoids.

Varieties

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There are over 5,000 types of potatoes, including russet, red, white, yellow, purple, fingerling and more.

Culinary Uses

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Potatoes can be baked, mashed, roasted, fried, and used in salads, soups, curries, snacks, and sweets.

Largest Potato

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The world's heaviest potato weighed over 18 pounds! It was grown by Peter Glazebrook in the UK.

Historical Significance

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The potato prevented famine and fueled population booms in Ireland, Europe and other regions.

In Pop Culture

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The potato has been featured in artworks like Van Gogh's painting and songs like "She'll Be Comin' Around the Mountain”

Global Production

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China, India, Russia, Ukraine and the United States are the top potato producing nations.

Celebrate

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Enjoy potatoes on August 19th! Bake a potato bar, have potato pancakes or gnocchi, or get creative.