Fun Facts about Potatoes

Flower from a potatoeThis is a potatoe flower. We also have pretty purple-blue ones. I don’t know which particular potatoe this is, since Eric planted them, but he thinks it’s a Yukon Gold. I guess we’ll see when we dig them up.

We’ve been told by our subscribers that our potatoes taste creamy and sweet. We enjoy them roasted on the BBQ. After a long day in the gardens, I don’t want to cook, so we BBQ. Typically we drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper and wrap in aluminum foil. (I know, I know, I’ve got to get away from the foil, but haven’t researched that yet. Any suggestions?) We do the same with beets, carrots, onions and garlic. This is usually our first meal from the first harvest. This is when we appreciate all the work we’ve done. Yummmmm!!!


Potatoe Facts


  • Marie Antoinette wife of Louis XV was known to wear potato blossoms as a hair decoration.
  • The ‘Idaho’ potato or ‘Russet Burbank’ potato was developed by Luther Burbank (1849-1926) in 1871.
  • It is most likely that all of Europe’s potato crop in the 1800s originated from only 2 plants brought back to Europe by the Spaniards. This lack of genetic diversity is one of the probable causes of the devastating potato blight of the late 19th century.
  • In 1952, Mr. Potato Head was born, and was also the first toy to be advertised on television.
  • U.S. potato production in 1998 was 47.5 billion pounds

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