Did you know that the name potatoes come from the Spanish word patata? If you didn’t, now you do!
Potatoes are one of the most common vegetables, and the most important crop in the world. They are part of the nightshade family. Potatoes are tubers, which is a swollen part of a stem that provides nutrients for the leafy part of the Solanum tubersomum plant. That plant is where potatoes come from. You can make a lot of different things from potatoes. Some of Dylan’s favorites are potato soup (he thinks his grandma’s is the best), mashed potatoes, french fries, and chips.
Potatoes were first cultivated in South America sometime between 5,000 and 7,000 BC, in the area that is now southern Peru and northwest Bolivia. They ended up being brought back to Europe in the sixteenth century. The first people to bring them to North America was the Scotch-Irish immigrants, who introduced them in 1719.
So, think about that for a second, potatoes were discovered somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 BC but weren’t brought to North America until 1719! After the immigrants introduced potatoes, they quickly spread across the rest of the continent. Today, potatoes are grown in all 50 states in the U.S. with the largest producing state being Idaho (obviously).
Potatoes can also help your health. Potatoes contain all different kinds of vitamins, but the one that sticks out to me is vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps neurological functions. It helps relieve depression and stress and may even have a positive impact on ADHD. Potatoes help maintain blood pressure and overall health, helps keep skin healthy, and reduces cancer risk
Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan
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