There’s so much to love about the month of September, especially since it just so happens to be National Potato Month! The average American eats about 124 pounds of potatoes per year, while Germans eat about twice as much. Today, potatoes are grown in all 50 states of the U.S. and in about 125 countries throughout the world.
You may not have had it marked on your calendar (yet), but today marks National Potato Lovers Day! Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods out there. With so many varieties, styles and cooking methods, there’s a potato dish or recipe for everyone. Did you know that potatoes were the first-ever food to be grown in outer space?
When you’re looking for versatile and convenient food items, potatoes are at the top of our list. Whether it’s the frozen, diced variety or refrigerated hash browns, the year-round quality and freshness of these products is unbeatable! Better yet, with frozen and refrigerated options, you’ll never have to peel, chop, dice or slice a potato ever again. Plus, you don’t even need to remember to thaw them ahead of time because they can go straight from the bag to a skillet.
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!
Happy National Potato Day! Whether one considers them a vegetable or a starch, potatoes are an adaptable food with a rich history and great variety of cooking uses during the fall season. “Spuds” are the world’s fourth largest food crop, with the first permanent potato patches established in 1719 in the Thirteen Colonies.