- 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