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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Featured Learning Garden Crop: Potatoes

Purple potatoes from a local farm (left)

The potato (Solanum tuberosum) is a starchy perennial tuber of the nightshade family, which also includes edible fruits such as tomatoes, eggplant, and chili peppers.

Originating from the Andes of South America, almost all potato varieties in cultivation today are descendants of Chilean potato species. Potatoes were introduced to Europe in the early 16th century, where they were exported to numerous other territories and became one of the world's largest food staples, only to be outproduced by rice, wheat, and corn.

Potato plants in the CLG (right)

When you look at its nutritional value, it's easy to see why the potato has remained so popular in both traditional and modern cultures! An excellent source of vitamin C and potassium and a good source of several B vitamins and minerals, such as iron, magesium, and phosophorus, potatoes are a great addition to any meal. They are healthy sources of dietary fiber and protein, but due to their high carbohydrate content, should be eaten in moderation.

FACT: The majority of a potato's protein is found in the thin layer directly beneath the skin.

Media (text and image) created and published by Rebekah Carter 2010.

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