Potatoes are part of the usual diet for most of us, and we eat it almost every day, especially without thinking about what it is. The number of dishes, which include potatoes, is infinitely huge, and it is difficult to overestimate the benefits that this root crop brought to the whole world. In many nations, potatoes constitute an unchanging element of the diet and are almost always present on the table.
There are dedicated potatoes in the museum. The most famous “potato” museum is located in Belgium.
In some island tropical countries in the past, potatoes served as the equivalent of money.
Such a widely spread potato in Russia “Sineglazka” is actually called “Hannibal”, in honor of Pushkin’s grandfather, who was one of the first breeders who experimented with potatoes in Russia.
In the capital of the Republic of Belarus there is a monument to potatoes.
In the world there are two varieties of potatoes, differing in blue.
The most expensive potato in the world is grown on the island of Noirmoutier (France). The cost of a kilogram of potatoes of this class is about five hundred euros.
The first to cultivate potatoes were Indians, who lived four thousand years ago in the territory of modern Peru. They brought out about two hundred different varieties of potatoes.
The potato is about 4/5 of water. The exact value depends on the variety.
Potatoes – the first root crop, ever grown in weightlessness. This experiment was carried out in 1995 on the American space station Columbia.
The Republic of Belarus holds the world’s first potato production per capita.
The largest ever grown potato had a weight of about 8 kilograms.
If you eat at least one berry of potatoes, you can poison yourself.
The homeland of potatoes is considered to be South America.
Potatoes were imported to Europe at the end of the 16th century, but until the end of the 18th century Europeans practically did not eat it. There was even a belief that potato causes leprosy.
At the end of the 19th century, in Alaska, covered in gold rush, the potato was worth more than gold. This was due to the fact that among the gold diggers, scurvy raged, and potatoes are an excellent tool for fighting this disease.