Did you know?
*Today potatoes are grown in all 50 states of the USA and in about 125 countries throughout the world.
*The sweet potato belongs in the same family as morning glories while the white potato belongs to the same group as tomatoes, tobacco, chile pepper, eggplant and the petunia.
*The potato is about 80% water and 20% solids.
*An 8 ounce baked or boiled potato has only about 100 calories.
*The average American eats about 124 pounds of potatoes per year while Germans eat about twice as much.
*In 1974, an Englishman named Eric Jenkins grew 370 pounds of potatoes from one plant.
*Thomas Jefferson gets the credit for introducing “french fries” to America when he served them at a White House dinner.
*According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest potato grown was 7 pounds 1 ounce by J. East (1953) and J. Busby (1982) of Great Britain.
*The world’s largest potato chip (on exhibit at the Potato Museum) was produced by the Pringle’s Company in Jackson, TN, in 1990. It measures 23″ x 14.5″.