March: Potato

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Vegetable of the Month: 

Potato 

As we are getting ready to put our potatoes in the ground here on campus, and as we've just recovered from celebrating St. Patrick's Day, here's a few little facts about everyone's all-time-favourite vegetable! 

One of the world’s biggest foods, the humble potato is the world’s fourth largest food crop after rice, wheat and maize.

The potato originated in South America and was cultivated by the Inca Indians in Peru around 8000 B.C to 5000 B.C, and it was the Spanish Conquistadors brought the potato over to Europe in 1536. In 1589, Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes to Ireland, and it took almost another four decades for the potato to spread to the rest of Europe.

Farmers soon realised that potatoes were easier to grow that other staple crops, and when it became known that potatoes contained most of the vitamins needed for sustenance things really took off!

Potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium and energy you need to perform at your best, so it is a great vegetable for those of you who keep an active lifestyle. It is also rich in Vitamin C and B6, Potassium, fiber and Iron,

Today, we can count over 4000 different types of potatoes and it has become an integral ingredient to the world’s cuisines.

What is your favourite way of eating potato?

Watch History through the eyes of a potato HERE! 

 

As salad season is upon us, we can't think of any better way (actually we can) to use your new potatoes this month to make a fresh, healthy potato salad! 

We loved the look of this recipe from the Lazy Cat Kitchen.


 

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