It’s that time of the year again…potato harvest!
(This is a blog I wrote for Stacey Fokas’ Freshalicious website)
Potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables in our culture. We boil them, bake them, mash them, hash them, stuff them, fry them and steam them. Although they have been an agricultural staple since the 1800′s in North America, they have been grown in Peru and Bolivia since 8000 to 5000 BC.
Fast forward to present day, and think about how many varieties of potatoes you see in your local grocery store. The common ones seem to be Yukon Gold, Russets, Chieftain Red, and Netta Gems. According to the SpudSmart website, “Statistics Canada’s production estimates for 2013 peg the total planted potato acreage in Canada at 361,600 acres.” And although there are close to 5000 potato varieties in the world (3000 of which are grown in the Andes alone!), here in North America, we grow 60…
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