6 in 60- Number 35: Boil Em’ Mash Em’ Stick em in a stew!


If you know the quote for the title you already know what I’ll be on about! If not well of course it’s the humble Potato! Let’s go:

  1. The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 BC to 5,000 B.C
  2. The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.
  3. One of the main causes of the Great Famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1852 was a potato disease known as potato blight. The shortage of potatoes led to the death of around 1 million people who were dependent on them as a food source.
  4. Potatoes are a member of the nightshade family, which also includes tomatoes, capsicum and the poisonous belladonna.
  5. Good news for fans of mash: humans can apparently survive on a diet of just potatoes, and milk or butter, which contain Vitamin A and D, the only vitamins missing from the humble spud.
  6. The biggest potato ever grown was 8lb and 4oz beating the previous record by 9oz. I know you wanna see this beast so here’s a picture:


See and you didn’t think there was anything interesting to be said about them!

The Sources

Fact 1 came from “potato goodness” bit strange but I’ll roll with it. Fact 2 and 3 comes from this site. Fact 4 and 5 comes from a lifestyle article on yahoo.

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