Happy National Potato Day! To help you celebrate one of my favourite foods, please check out some of the fun facts below and a delicious recipe to boot. Enjoy.
Top 10 Potato facts:
- Potatoes are an amazing source of potassium. Even more than a banana. Potassium is an important mineral that helps to regulate fluids in all of our cells.
- Potatoes have been to space! They were the first crop to be grown aboard a mission in 1995 to support the astronaut’s diet. *
- B6, which is an important B vitamin that helps with many enzyme reactions and protein breakdown, is also abundant in potatoes.
- Potatoes are the 4th most important crop worldwide – behind wheat, corn and rice. **
- Potatoes are a rainbow food! They come in purple, red, white, green, yellow, orange-red and pink shades. Try planting some of these cool colored potatoes next year!
- The largest serving of mashed potatoes ever made at one was 2297 lbs on September 29, 2012 by Joel Robuchon and the Futurescope (France). Joel Robuchon, a Michelin-starred chef, created the recipe and took 5hrs to make the record-breaking amount. ***
- Sweet potatoes are not actually potatoes at all. Instead they belong to a family called Convolvulaceae, or more commonly known as the morning glory or bindweed family that includes many types of trees, shrubs and herbs.
- Potatoes are an alkaline food. Meaning they don’t create or contribute to an overly acidic environment within your body. This is good!
- China is currently the world’s largest producer of potatoes.
- Potatoes were first grown in the Andes over 7,000 years ago.
**FAO.org – Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
*** Info courtesy of the Guinness Book of World Records
Purple Mashed Potatoes
Small bowl full of purple and/or golden potatoes – roughly 24 ounces
1 tbps olive oil (sage infused if you have it!)
2 tbps butter or Earth Balance (dairy free butter option)
¼ cup almond milk (plain, unsweetened)
2-4 garlic cloves, pressed
Rosemary, dried or fresh, roughly 1tbsp
Salt & pepper
Fresh chives, to finish dish
Bring water to a boil on stovetop. Poke potatoes with a fork to ensure they are done before emptying. If they are ready, carefully empty boiling water and begin to add the ingredients starting from the olive oil down. Experiment with amounts and mashing techniques as some people like their mashed potatoes lumpy while others like them smooth and creamy. Make them your own and enjoy!
Yours in good health,