One potato, two potato, three potato, four!  Well today it will be twelve — twelve ways to prepare potatoes. Loved by most, potatoes have been nourishing people for thousands of years.  Originally from Peru and domesticated approximately 6,000 years ago, potatoes have made their way around the world, both culinarily and agriculturally speaking.  Today, the potato is the fourth-most cultivated food crop in the world and grown in almost every country.  But before we dig into the wonderful ways we can prepare these special spuds we wanted to share some fun facts we learned along the way.

  • Botanically speaking, the potato belongs to the solanaceae family.
  • Nutritionally, potatoes are considered a healthy food. One medium potato contains just 110 calories and is packed with potassium, vitamins, and fiber.
  • America may have been behind the eight ball here, the potato wasn’t introduced to North America until the 18th century.
  • There are more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes that can be found worldwide.  Moral of this story:  Branch out, try a new type of potato. Popular potato varieties that can easily be found at the farmers market or your local grocer include Russets, Red, Purple, Fingerling and Yukon Gold.
  • Speaking of new, there is a misnomer about “new potatoes.”  A new potato is not necessarily a small potato; the “new” refers to the way in which it has been harvested, early in the season, young and thin skinned, fresh from the farm without curing, and delivered directly to market or your plate.
  • On average, a person in the United States consumes 140 pounds of potatoes a year.
  • Talk about a prize-winning potato! According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s largest potato weighed in at 11 pounds!

And without further adieu here are Oldways 12 great ways to use potatoes!

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