One Potato, Two Potato!

February 23, 2015

Who would have ever guessed that a potato used to be worth its weight in gold? During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush (1897-1898), potatoes were valued for their vitamin C, and gold, at that time, was more plentiful than nutritious foods! What better way to celebrate the history of potatoes than by enjoying some of these potato recipes and ideas in honor of Potato Lover’s Month and National Sweet Potato Month[1]! 

Potatoes are the world’s largest food crop following rice, wheat and maize. As a staple in many diets, potatoes come in a variety of delicious ways. Whether smashed, fried, baked or sliced, people across the world continue to enjoy them[1]!

Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, are actually roots, compared to regular potatoes which are tubers (underground stems). America’s first president, George Washington, grew sweet potatoes on his farmland in Mount Vernon, Virginia; however, the state’s southern neighbor, North Carolina, is actually the leading producer of sweet potatoes in the U.S., producing around 40% of the national supply[3].

Sweet potatoes have been steadily increasing in popularity over recent years. Their versatility in recipes and cooking methods make them a great culinary staple! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. per-capita sweet potato consumption was at 7.3 pounds in 2011, up from only 4.2 pounds in 2000. Because of sweet potatoes’ healthful benefits and versatility as a “superfood,” demand for them is high[4]

Did you know…

Potatoes[2]:

  • They’re a good source of potassium and have more potassium than a banana
  • One medium potato with the skin contributes 2 grams of fiber or 8% of the daily value per serving
  • One medium potato provides 6% of the recommended daily value of iron

Sweet Potatoes[3]:

  • Are a fat-free and cholesterol-free vegetable
  • Are a good source of fiber when eaten with the skin on
  • Are an excellent source of copper, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin B-6

Potatoes make for an affordable and nutritious ingredient in countless snacks and meals. To celebrate Potato Lover’s Month and National Sweet Potato Month, enjoy these recipes featuring none other than: potatoes!

  • This hearty Easy Potato Casserole is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters in your family! A splendid blend of onions, potatoes and cheeses makes for a quick and tpotato casseroleasty entree for dinner!
  •  Not only do potatoes have certain health benefits, but so does garlic! Try combining the two with this twist on classic mashed potatoes – Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes.
  • Why limit yourself by only cooking potatoes once? Try this recipe for Twice-Baked Cheesy Potatoes – the extra crunch gives this recipe its unique flavor!cajun potato wedges
  • It is not too late to celebrate Mardi Gras with these kickin’ Cajun Potato Wedges! The creamy and spicy dipping sauce gives this snack its spicy kick!
  • In a rush for a quick snack idea for the kids or a simple side dish for dinner? You can’t go wrong with McCain Spiral Fries!oreidea hearty breakfast muffins
  • Sunday brunch has never tasted so good! Whip up this Hearty Breakfast Muffins recipe with all the tasty breakfast staples: potatoes, eggs and cheese.

Why not add sweet potatoes into the mix with some of these recipes?! With their sweet taste and health benefits, sweet potatoes are a great way to add vitamins and other nutrients into your diet without sacrificing flavor!

 

What are your favorite ways to eat potatoes or sweet potatoes? Share in the comments below!

 

 


[1] http://www.potatogoodness.com/all-about-potatoes/potato-fun-facts-history/
[2] http://www.potatogoodness.com/nutrition/nutritional-facts/
[3http://www.sweetpotatoes.com/About/SweetPotatoFacts.aspx
[4] http://www.foodreference.com/html/fsweetpotatoes.html

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