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Mmmmm, 12 facts about Potatoes

Whether you call em spuds, potatoes, taters or tubers, here are some facts you may not know about them.

Mmmmm, potatoes! Let us celebrate National Tater Day! Baked, Fried, Mashed, or Steamed; you can’t go wrong eating a good hearty potato. National Tater Day, birthed on March 31, started in Kentucky. National Potato Day is on August 19.There are many different ways you can make and eat a potato. Here are 12 interesting facts about taters.

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1. Potatoes provide essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.

2. Tater Day started back in the 1840s with trading and selling of potatoes.

3. Across the different regions of the U.S., the diversity of potato growers is represented

4. A large festival held in Benton, Kentucky has carnival rides, games, a “biggest potato” contest and more.

5. Potatoes are one of the largest vegetable crops in the world.

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6. The cultivation of the first potato was in Peru around 5,000 – 7,000 BC.

7. The largest potato ever grown weighed a whopping 18 pounds, 4 ounces.

8. According to the National Potato Council, Japan is the top export market of potatoes.

9. The National Potato Council recorded that Idaho is the top producer of potatoes with 13 billion pounds.

10. There are four thousand plus potato varieties around the world.

11. The first potatoes arrived in America in 1621 by Nathaniel Butler.

12. Potato expos, held in America, focuses on technology and market trends of future potato production.

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