Baking Potato side view

Potato Facts:

  • Potatoes are not root vegetables; potatoes are actually the swollen part of the stem of the perennial Solanum tuberosum.
  • They are the number 1 vegetable crop in The United States
  • The potato is a staple food for many cultures due to its versatility.
  • Potatoes contain a lot of starch (carbohydrates) that make them more like rice, pasta and bread in terms of nutrition.
  • The word Potato comes from the Spanish word Patata.
  • Potatoes are pollinated from bumblebees.
  • Sometimes, Potatoes are called spuds

Health Benefits of Potatoes:

  • Potatoes have lots of phytonutrients which can promote health.
  • Potatoes have Vitamin C which is an antioxidant.
  • They help with a flurry of health problems such as digestion, heart health, blood pressure and even cancer prevention.
  • Potatoes also help with lowering blood pressure because of their potassium and help brain health because of the B6 vitamins in them.
  • Helps with glucose levels.
  • Enhances learning and memory.

Ways to Cook a Potato:

  • Boiled Potato:
    • Take a potato and peel it
    • Boil it in hot water for about half an hour until it cooks
    • Drain water and take the potato out
    • For seasoning; add some salt or chili flakes
  • Fried Potato:
    • Take a potato and wash it and leave the skin on
    • Slice it into wedges
    • Add olive oil to the pan and wait till hot
    • Carefully add potato wedges into pan (skin on the bottom)
    • Move potatoes around every now and then to avoid burning
    • Wait till they turn golden brown then take them out
    • Eat with a condiment or as a side!
  • Potato Croquette:
    • Take a potato
    • Boil potato
    • In the side fry oil, onion, garlic, minced meat, salt and pepper
    • After the boiled is potato, smash it
    • Add potato to the mixture and fry
    • After frying, drain the oil and take the mixture and make into croquette shape (balls).

By Dana Kosber