A closer look at the potato

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Originally from the Andes, the potato is now commonly used throughout the world and is the plant with the largest number of wild and cultivated varieties (although all cultivated species belong to the Solanum Tuberosum). Archeological excavations have revealed that the potato already existed 13,000 years ago in parts of South America, including Chile, and 8,000 years ago in Peru, where they were given nicknames such as Kuntur Warmi, meaning 'like a woman with the colour of the condor' and Quwi Sullu, an unborn guinea pig.

Nutritional values

The potato is rich in nutrients, contains no fat and has half the number of calories compared to rice and pasta. Consisting of 80% water, the potato contains essential minerals, vitamins and fibres - including potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and calcium - as well as starch in the form of complex carbohydrates. Potatoes also contain vitamin B and a large amount of vitamin C, comparable with most types of fruit, meaning it fits perfectly into a healthy lifestyle.

World food

The potato is the most suitable plant to continue feeding the growing world population, not only because it is easy to grow, but also because the yields have more nutritional value per hectare and require less water than corn or rice.

  • Did you know?

    The potato was first domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia between 8000 and 5000 BCE.

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    The potato is very nutritious, is fat-free and has half the calories of rice and pasta.

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    The English word potato comes from Spanish patata (the name used in Spain).

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    The world's largest potato was excavated in 1895 in Colorado (USA). It weighed 49 kilo (with a length length of 70 cm and a wide of 37 cm).

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    The quality of potatoes varies per growing season. It is, after all, a natural product!

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    The potato tubers become green when exposed to light. Green spots should be cut, because It contains a high concentration of solanine. This substance taste very bitter and is harmful in large amounts.

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    The potato is the plant best able to feed the world's population, because the potato generates more nutrition per hectare and requires less water than grain and rice.

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    The potato is an ideal food for a healthy lifestyle. 80% of the potato is water. It also contains minerals, fibres and vitamins such as the vitamin B complex and a high level of vitamin C.

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