#thursdaythrive Potatoes














All about Potatoes!
- The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.
- There are thousands of different potato varieties but not all are commercially available, popular ones include Russet, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, Desiree and Fingerling.
- One of the main causes of the Great Famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1852 was a potato disease known as potato blight. The shortage of potatoes led to the death of around 1 million people who were dependent on them as a food source.
- Based on 2010 statistics, China is the leading producer of potatoes.
- Potatoes don’t store very well after purchase but they are relatively easy to grow.