No matter how you say it, Po-tay-to or Po-tah-to, and no matter how you eat them, it’s safe to say that Potatoes are one of the most consumed foods around the world.
You can boil them, roast them, fry them, eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Potatoes are a versatile veggie used in cuisine all over the world.
The potato, from the perennial Solanum tuberosum, is the world’s fourth largest food crop, following rice, wheat, and maize. The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 BC to 5,000 B.C.
Eventually, agriculturalists in Europe found potatoes easier to grow and cultivate than other staple crops, such as wheat and oats. Most importantly, it became known that potatoes contained most of the vitamins needed for sustenance, and they could be provided to nearly 10 people for each acre of land cultivated.
The potato was first in space! In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.
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