See my Spuds article from Acreage Magazine, September 2010 issue for more information about the origin of potatoes and how they came to be that tuber we eat today. There are a few recipes included in that article that you might want to try
Personally speaking, I think that the potato has been given a really bad rap. What with the recent advent of "low carbohydrate" diets, people have been turning away from the potato because they believe that its starch will be unhealthy for them.
On the contrary, the potato is an especially healthy food, and should be incorporated into your daily diet
Although there are thousands of varieties of potatoes, there are essentially two types of potatoes:
|Baking potatoes are often called "Idaho" potatoes.|
|Yellow-skinned white boiling potatoes|
|Red-skinned boiling potatoes|
I've often been asked if you can grow potatoes from the ones you get at the grocery store. You certainly can. However, these are often sprayed with a chemical to prevent eyes from erupting, which is how the potato begins to grow. If you use organic potatoes and a few of them begin to sprout eyes, you might consider trying a small potato patch. Cut the sprouting potato into chunks with 2 - 3 eyes per chunk and bury them a few inches beneath the surface of well turned soil. Growing potatoes is a really great activity, and it is especially fun to get your kids to help with the process.