The potato has a long and interesting history. Here are a number of interesting facts about the potato:
- Louis XVI of France wore potato flowers in his buttonhole to stimulate interest in the plant.
- The Incas used the potato to treat injuries. They also thought it made childbirth easier.
- China is now the world’s largest potato-producing country, and nearly a third of the world’s potatoes are harvested in China and India
- 1801 – the year French Fries were first served to America
- 1853 – the year the potato crisp invented in New York
- The worlds third most important food crop after rice and wheat in terms of human consumption.
- The word ‘spud’ comes from spuds, which were used to dig holes for potatoes
- The world’s biggest potato was grown in Germany in 1997 weighing in at 3.2kg – the same weight as a small dog
- In October 1995 the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space! NASA wanted to develop super-nutritious and versatile spuds to feed astronauts on long space voyages.
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