Potato fun facts

Potato fun facts

Kyle Boswell, Staff Reporter

There is a vegetable that we have come across in our lifetime, it is a side in our fast food dishes, it’s a key component in our spicy chips, and it’s a delectable item when it’s baked. That’s right, I’m talking about the potato. Though it looks dull, it has a vast history and many interesting facts.

The potato was first cultivated by the Inca-Indians around 8000 B.C. and 5000 B.C.
In 1536 B.C., Spanish Conquistadors conquered Peru discovered the potatoes and brought them to Europe, more specifically, Ireland, in 1589.
It took nearly four decades for the spud to spread across Europe.
Farmers quickly replaced their crops with the potato as it was easier to grow, cultivate, and could feed nearly 10 people per acre of land.
Then the potato fever spread to North America and the 13 colonies in 1621, most likely from Irish-Scottish immigrants, and now in the present day. The state of Idaho is
the largest producer of potatoes in the world.

Some people might think about how french fries were invented or how potato chips were created and surprisingly those were both made in weird places. The potato chip was invented at a restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1853, when
Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, the founder of the New York Railroad System, complained about his potatoes being too thick and sent the dish back to the kitchen. Once the dish was in the kitchen, chef George Crum cut the potato slices paper-thin, fried them salted them and send them back out. To the chef’s surprise, Mr. Vanderbilt loved it and called it the Saratoga Crunch Chip.
As for the french fry, it was founded in a less accidental way. Historians claim that the skinny spud was made in the Meuse Valley, Belgium in the late 1600s. These villagers would have a diet mainly consisting of small fish cut into little strips, fried, and salted, but when the winter came, the rivers would freeze over making it near impossible for the villagers to get the fish, so they turned to potatoes and made them the same way and french fries were born. Then in the Great War, Americans soldiers were stationed in Belgium and discovered the skinny spud. They loved it and called it the french fry and it spread to the rest of the world.
The potato has many interesting facts, such as:
The potato was the first crop to be grown in space and is intended to be grown in space and to be the main source of food for astronauts.
The average potato is an excellent source of vitamin C with 42mg, B6 with 0.6mg. It has more potassium than a banana coming in at 897mg, and it has 110 calories about 5% of your daily amount per potato what a great deal.
Next time people pull up to McDonalds and buy some french fries or get some potato chips from our vending machines, just know that those little vegetables had a big impact on humanity and thank them for giving us all the pleasures it brought us in life.
Thanks to potato fun facts for providing information to the Pioneer Post along with Wonderopilis Without these two sources this paper would be anything but complete.