What Can Potatoes Do for You?

No More Bad Rap for Potatoes

 

The famous line goes:

 

“Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto – let’s call the whole thing off!”
Well, as far as most of us are concerned, we definitely should call the whole thing off, because we are losing out on a lot of what the potato has to offer when we cover it with cheese, sour cream, and bacon.
Potatoes have been grown for thousands of years. There are close to 100 potato varieties, including sweet potatos, russet potatoes, and hasselback potatos.

There are many potato varieties to choose from.

There are many potato varieties to choose from.

It is the number one crop being grown in the world today. They are a great source for potassium and vitamin B6, and go well with pretty much any meal due to their starchy content.

You can eat them broiled, fried, roasted, baked, and in other forms. Each kind of potato has its own texture and appearance, and – considering the abundance of ways in which are able to prepare and eat them – they are guaranteed to fill you up and keep you happy.

The Ever Popular Potato

 

 

As a member of the Solanaceae family – which also includes eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos – potatoes are considered very healthy and are among the most popular vegetables in the world. They are a staple food for many regions and countries, with each one having their own spin on it. Of course, even the world’s healthiest vegetables suffer from a reduced nutritional value once paired with wholly unhealthy things.

 

 

Many consider potatoes to be a comfort food, regardless of the way in which they are prepared and served. The potato’s Latin name, Solanum tuberosum, also reflects upon its “comfortable” nature, and considering it is relatively inexpensive to grow and produce, it is a food that helps out everyone involved.
Fun fact: the well-beloved potato which we eat is actually a portion of the underground stem, meant to provide food for the leaves which sprout out of the ground. If left to its own device, the potato plant will yield a tomato-like fruit which is not edible.

 

You’re sure to find a way to enjoy a potato no matter whether you’re a vegetable lover or a meat eater!

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