SPUD FACTS

The origin of French fries is Belgium. According to some historians, potatoes were being fried by 1680 in the Meuse Valley of Belgium. Locals often ate small fried fish, when the river was frozen they used potatoes as a substitute. They used to cut potatoes lengthwise and fry them in oil to use them as a fish substitute.

French fries were introduced in the US when Thomas Jefferson was President in 1801.

 

According to reports Americans eat more than 16 pounds of French Fries every year.

 

Production of potatoes was more than 320 million tons in 2007, about 2/3 of this was consumed as food.

 

French Fries are not called that in France. They are known as frites, patates frites, or pommes frites in French. These names are also used in many non-French areas.

Potatoes are a great source of fiber and French fries are made from potatoes. Fiber helps pass waste through your system and lower cholesterol, consumption of a certain amount of fiber becomes inevitable. Your body may suffer from indigestion and stomach problems without fiber.

 

When you eat French fries, you are also getting some potassium, a nutrient present in potatoes. The energy you require throughout the day can be obtained from potassium. You may become more tired, have slower reflexes, and have weaker muscles without adequate potassium.

 

You body needs vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, this can be found in French Fries. Women may get even better benefits as B6 helps prevent bloating, menopause, and hormonal swings during the monthly cycle.

 

According to the Agricultural Research Service in Navarre, potato skins are packed with 60 phyto-chemicals, many of these are flavonoids which help lower bad cholesterol and keep arteries clear.

 

Potatoes are rich in kukoamines, the molecule that lowers the blood pressure. Your blood pressure can be lowered by eating French Fries everyday.
 

The potato is the most universally grown crop in the world.

 

The Inca people of Peru were growing potatoes in the Andes Mountains as far back as 200 BC.

 

The Incas used the potato to treat injuries. They also thought it made childbirth easier.

 

Potatoes were introduced to Britain and Ireland in the late 1500s. It didn’t go so well at first. Many people blamed them for diseases and condemned them because they weren’t mentioned in the Bible.

 

Both Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette wore potato blossoms to spiff up their outfits. (Partly to boost the crop’s popularity in France.)

 

Potatoes were often eaten aboard ships to prevent scurvy because they are loaded with vitamin C.

 

Potatoes were the first food to be grown in space. In 1996, potato plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia.

 

The world’s largest potato was grown in the UK in 2010. It tipped the scales at 3.76 kilograms (8 lb 4 oz) – the weight of a newborn baby!

 

The highest voltage from a potato battery was 538.1 Volt DC achieved in Germany in July 2009.

 

Potatoes are environmentally friendly. They’re easy to grow and don’t require massive amounts of water, fertilizer or chemicals to thrive.

 

Potatoes are becoming more and more important in the developing world. That’s because they’re an easy crop to grow. They yield more nutritious food, more quickly and on less land than any other crop.

 

Potato actually comes from the Spanish world patata.

 

Potatoes contain different vitamins and minerals.

 

Aside from dairy products, potatoes are the most consumed produce in the U.S.

 

Potato plants are usually pollinated by insects like bumblebees.

 

Potatoes have more potassium than bananas.

 

The U.N. International Year of the Potato was 2008.

 

Potatoes are vegetables, but they contain a large amount of starch, which makes them more like pasta, rice, and bread as far as nutrition is concerned.

 

Another name for potato is spud, though it is not as common.

 

China produces the most potatoes, according to a 2010 statistic.

 

Potato Chips are one of the most common snacks, despite being generally unhealthy.

 

Potatoes became the first food to grow in space when potato plants were taken aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1995.

 

The world’s biggest potato weighed 18 pounds, 4 ounces, according to Guinness Book of World. 

 

The sweet potato is only roughly related to the potato, despite their common name.

 

Scots refused to eat potatoes for a time because they were not mentioned in the Bible.