The humble potato is quite unassuming when you take it at face value; however, it really is one of the best things to happen to the human race. Potatoes are just one of the many gifts in mother-nature that keep on giving. Here are five reasons why these terrific tubers are the truth:
1. They are good for you
Potatoes are full of all kinds of goodness for your body. They pack a nutritional punch full of copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus which are vital to the proper function of your body. It is also pretty cool to note that potatoes have nearly half of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C as well as a high concentration of B vitamins especially vitamin B6 and B3 which are important for nerve function and hormone regulation in the body. Also, potatoes can be quite medicinal when ingested raw. Raw potato juice has been found to have many benefits for hair and skin.
2. They grow like weeds.
Potatoes grow like weeds, well almost. Potatoes take about 70 to 120 days from planting to harvest, depending on the variety.These tubers grow all year round all over the world and there is a potato harvest somewhere in the world every month of the year. This means therefore, that potatoes are like that reliable friend that is always there for you whenever you need them. Potatoes, historically, have been the saving grace for many people in famine, in places like Norway.
3. They are versatile
Potatoes can do anything and be anything, at least food-wise they can. Potatoes can be fried, baked, roasted, steamed, boiled, twice baked and all these forms of preparation come out fabulously if you know what you’re doing. You can have them as french-fries, baked potatoes, roasted potatoes, Bombay potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, home fries, or hash browns. You can have them so many ways. Potatoes go well with so many flavours and thus, can be found as the vital part of dishes in many different cuisines. Beyond that, potatoes can also be used as a substitute for floor, for anyone looking to go gluten free. Oh, and they can be made into really cool pasta; gnocchi. How versatile can they get?
4. There are so many varieties
Irish potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, fingerling potatoes, russet potatoes; so many varieties, all with different attributes that make them suited to one form of preparation over another kind. This variety is one of the things that make potatoes so versatile. It cannot be said enough, potatoes are a gift that keeps on giving.
5. They French fry
One can bravely dare to say that they mighty French fry is the greatest contribution of the humble potato to the development of the human race. Of course, this is not the healthiest form of the spud, especially if it had been deep fried. However, it is the most comforting and by far the most popular way for the potato to be enjoyed. Besides, there are so many ways to make French fries healthier, one of which is baking them in the oven. Thus, you don’t have to miss out on this amazing version of potato goodness for health reasons.
So, go ahead and indulge!