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Providing vital vitamin C
A massive 13% of Britain’s entire vitamin C intake comes from the potato. This particular attribute was prized during the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) when spuds were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
Popular worldwide in food recipes
Potatoes are not only used in traditional British and European cuisine but eaten around the world. China is now the biggest potato producer with almost a third of all potatoes harvested in China and India alone. Why not try a potato dish next time you’re making Asian dinner recipes?
The nutrients we need as a part of healthy meals
The humble potato provides energy and many of the key vitamins, minerals and proteins necessary for life. A varied diet is the best choice for health and potatoes make the ideal base for hundreds of quick and tasty meals.
Food of the future?
The UN celebrated potatoes’ potential as a food of the future in 2008 by naming it the Year of the Potato. NASA has also recognised that potential as in 1996 potatoes became the first food that had ever been grown in space onboard the shuttle Columbia.
Making good use of water
The potato stands out for its productive water use, producing more food per unit of water than any other major crop. This is just one of the reasons it is hoped that potatoes can help feed the hungry by providing a healthy food source.