The potato is one versatile vegetable. The spud grows in 36 states across the country. Whether you prefer your potatoes fried, mashed, smashed, baked, roasted or grilled, here’s a look at some interesting fun facts about the popular potato:
1. Potatoes are healthier than you think.
Contrary to popular myth and misconception, potatoes are an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. One medium potato contains 45 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Potatoes also contain potassium, B6, fiber and numerous other vitamins and minerals.
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2. Potatoes provide a plethora of potassium.
Tongue-twisters aside, spuds provide one of the affordable and concentrated sources of potassium – more than bananas, tomatoes, broccoli and oranges.
3. You don’t have to leave the skin on your potatoes to get all the nutrition.
About 20% of potato nutrition is found in the skin; the majority is in the flesh. But keeping the skin on for potato salad means you’ll get all the great nutrients!
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4. Seven varieties of potatoes are grown in the United States.
In fact, potatoes are one of the few crops that grow in all 50 states.
5. The U.S. grows more than 30 billion pounds of potatoes each year.
The top potato producers are Idaho, Washington, Wisconsin, Colorado, North Dakota and Michigan.
6. Most potatoes end up as frozen french fries.
Thirty-five percent of the U.S. potato crop is turned into frozen french fries, 28 percent is used for fresh potatoes and 13 percent becomes chips and shoestrings.
7. When selecting potatoes, look for spuds that are well-formed, smooth and firm.
They shouldn’t have discoloration, cracks or soft spots.
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