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Fun Facts and Interesting Information About Potatoes

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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