Interesting facts about potatoes

Potatoes are part of the habitual diet of most of us, and we eat it almost every day, without really thinking about what it is. The number of dishes that include potatoes is infinitely huge, and it is difficult to overestimate the benefits that this root vegetable has brought to the whole world. For many peoples, potatoes are an invariable 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 tropical island countries, in the past, potatoes served as the equivalent of money.

The Sineglazka potato variety, so widespread in Russia, is actually called Hannibal, in honor of Pushkin's grandfather, who was one of the first breeders to experiment with potatoes in Russia.

There is a monument to potatoes in the capital of the Republic of Belarus.

There are two varieties of blue potatoes in the world.

The most expensive potato in the world is grown on the island of Noirmoutier (France). The cost of a kilogram of potatoes of this variety is about five hundred euros.

The first to cultivate potatoes were the Indians who lived four thousand years ago in the territory of modern Peru. They bred about two hundred different varieties of potatoes.

Potatoes are about 4/5 water. The exact value depends on the variety.

Potatoes are the first root vegetable ever grown in zero gravity. This experiment was carried out in 1995 on the American space station Columbia.

The Republic of Belarus ranks first in the world in potato production per capita.

The largest potato ever grown weighed about 8 kilograms.

If you eat at least one potato berry, you can get poisoned.

The homeland of potatoes is considered to be South America.

Potatoes were introduced to Europe at the end of the 16th century, but until the end of the 18th century, Europeans practically did not eat them. There was even a belief that potatoes caused leprosy.

In the late 19th century, in Alaska, gripped by the gold rush, potatoes were worth more than gold. This was due to the fact that scurvy was rampant among gold prospectors, and potatoes are an excellent remedy for fighting this disease.