Category: Garden Vegetable Plants
Facts about Potatoes. "Scientific name for Potatoe is Solanum tuberosum". Potatoes are organically planted and grown all over the world and are an important and essential part of our diet. They are high in vitamins and minerals that our body's need to stay healthy. They don't only taste great when eaten plain. There are hundreds of recipes and different ways to prepare potatoes. Also, there are several different types of potatoes such as: russet, white, red, and yellow. Sweet potatoes are another type that are produced in various sizes and are great for baking dishes like sweet potato pie.
Potatoes are grown in all 50 states of America and in about 120 countries throughout the world.
A potato is about 80% water and 20% solids.
How Potatoes Are Grown:
Tubers, also known as underground, miniature potatoes, are planted deeply into well fertilized and well turned ground. The soil for planting potatoes must be drained and fertilized properly for a successful crop. The looser and higher quality soil used to plant the tubers in; the better the potato crop grows. White potatoes are the most commonly used in recipes but sweet potatoes are higher in Vitamin C, A and also fiber. Not-to-mention, they taste great in a home made sweet potato pie, or imply oven baked to scrumptious tenderness.
Shopping For Potatoes:
Potatoes can be purchased in supermarkets and even at fruit and veggie stand. They are sold by the pound, single, and often in bags by the weight limits. Of course, some types of potatoes are pricier than others. But the health benefits and wonderful taste are worth the cost for most of us. Most supermarkets have sales on produce. Remember to keep your eyes open for potatoes to go on sale.
When Potatoes Should be planted:
It is necessary for the health and successful growth of the potato crop to plant after all threats of cold, or frost has cleared for the season. Potatoes don't need shade. In fact, they are most successful when planted in full sunlight. As an important tip to remember; be sure the soil where your potatoes will grow is free of rock and clumpy stone. Potatoes need room to breath and grow. So, it's good to keep that in mind when turning the garden area where you will plant them.
Best Ways To Cook Potatoes:
There are no limits on recipes and no distinct measure when it comes to cooking. Potatoes are popular when deep fried, baked, boiled and mashed. But there are numerous other ways to prepare them. Recipes are also limitless and can be easily found and followed by searching online cookbooks and recipes. No matter what kind of Potatoes end up on your plate; it's always delicious!