Happy National Potato Day! Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, is a day to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods, according to ABC News, and we've compiled some facts and trivia about potatoes. Whether they are mashed, baked, boiled, whipped, fried or scalloped, most everyone enjoys potatoes. Not only are there seemingly endless ways to make them, they can also be eaten for any meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert!
--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.
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--The Incas used potatoes to treat injuries and they thought spuds made childbirth easier.
--Potato plants are usually pollinated by insects like bumblebees.
--Potatoes have more potassium than bananas
--French fries were first served in America in 1801
--The Great Famine in Ireland in the 1850s was because of a potato disease called potato blight. Nearly 1 million people who depended on the food source died.
--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 sweet potato is only roughly related to the potato, despite their common name.
--The world’s biggest potato weighed 18 pounds, 4 ounces, according to Guinness Book of World. Seventy-three medium fries at McDonald’s could be sold with that big of a spud!
--Scots refused to eat potatoes for a time because they were not mentioned in the Bible.