Here is a collection of spud trivia and fun potato facts:
Thomas Jefferson first introduced French Fries to the White House during his presidency.
Potato Chips were invented by Chef George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 24, 1853.
Americans consume 30 pounds of potatoes per person per year.
About 1/4 of the potatoes consumed are French Fries
Most people eat some form of potato every day.
Potatoes were first cultivated nearly 5,000-7,000 years ago in Peru. ….contributed by Inez.
Potatoes were not part of the first Thanksgiving. Irish immigrants had not yet brought them to North America.
When Sir Walter Raleigh first brought potatoes to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, there seems to have been a lack of communication. The cooks tossed out the tubers and boiled the stems and leaves. Everyone who partook became deathly ill and potatoes were banned from the Royal kitchen for a long time! Contributed by a fellow-Gardener-UK
National Potato Chip Day is March 14th
Got a Headache? An old-fashioned remedy was to place sliced, raw potatoes on your forehead.
Most of the nutrients are in the skin of the potato.
Potatoes have more potassium than a banana.
The largest potato ever grown was 18 lb. 3oz.
Over 45 million pounds of potatoes are produced in the U.S. each year.
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