13 interesting facts about potatoes

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1. A potato is about 80% water and 20% solid.

2. Henry Spalding first planted potatoes in Idaho in 1837

3. “French Fries” were introduced to America when Thomas Jefferson served them at a Whitehouse dinner.

4. United States potato lovers consumed more than 4 million tons of French Fries in various shapes and sizes.

5. Potatoes are a powerful aphrodisiac, says a physician in Ireland.

6. The average American eats 140 pounds of potatoes per year. Germans eat more than 200

pounds per year.

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7. The largest potato grown was 18 pounds and 4 ounces according to the Guinness Book of

World Records. It was grown in England in 1795.

8. Potatoes are the world’s fourth food staple – after wheat, corn and rice.

9. Potatoes are grown in more than 125 countries.

10. Every year enough potatoes are grown worldwide to cover a four-lane motorway circling the world six times.

11. China is the world’s largest potato producer.

12. Potatoes were the first vegetable grown in space.

13. Potatoes are totally gluten-free.

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