National Potato Day

National Potato DayNational Potato Day

Celebrate the long and influential history of this staple crop for National Potato Day on August 19th. 

First cultivated between 5,000 and 8,000 BCE in what is now Peru and Bolivia, potatoes provide a hefty portion of vitamin C and potassium in a no fat, no cholesterol carbohydrate. 

Potatoes were brought to Europe in the 16th century where their versatility and hardiness made them a key aspect of many European diets by the end of the 18th century. The potato was so essential, in fact, that a plant disease caused the infamous potato famine that sparked the Irish diaspora. 

Among its long list of accomplishments, the potato also holds the title of the first vegetable grown in space thanks to NASA and the University of Wisconsin. 

So whether you prefer them baked, fried, boiled, or mashed, make sure to have a hefty helping of this nutrient-rich starch on August 19th for National Potato Day.

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