That awkward moment when a sentence doesn’t end as you potato.
Many people consider potatoes to be comfort food, but there is so much more to potatoes. They are the number one vegetable crop worldwide, and are a staple food in many countries and societies.
The health benefits of potatoes are many and varied, although often times those benefits are lost in a sea of counteracting ingredients such as cheese, cream, and bacon. Potatoes are high in fiber, low in calories, and rich in potassium. When consumed as is, with no extra fat or deep frying, they can definitely be included amongst the group of foods categorized as healthy. Potatoes contain quite a number of vitamins that can aid the body and reduce the risk of diseases.
Thanks to modern agriculture, potatoes are available year-round. Even though they have been cultivated and grown for thousands of years, and also studied for a significant amount of time, potato nutrition facts still have the power to surprise. Only recently did scientists find potatoes to contain a blood pressure-lowering compound by the name of kukoamines, and more studies are being conducted to determine if its much-valued properties hold up in traditional and modern cooking techniques.
Potatoes are members of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, which includes eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos. They are ideally stored in a paper bag or burlap, and kept away from onions. When stored properly, mature potatoes can keep for over a month. Potato’s scientific name, solanum tuberosum, also alludes to its comfort food status, since solanum is derived from the Latin word for ‘comfort’. And indeed, there are many comforting things about potatoes.
There is a classic Sesame Street sketch spoofing the 1954 Broadway musical South Pacific, which features a Deep South family sitting down to a supper of potatoes of all kinds, prepared in every way imaginable: boiled, hashed, mashed, roasted, baked, etc. But you don’t have to watch Sesame Street to know that potatoes are awesome. So what are you waiting for… time to get cooking!