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10 facts about potatoes!!!

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  • Potatoes were first eaten more than 6,000 years ago by indigenous people living in the Andes mountains of Peru.
  • The Incas measured time by how long it took for potatoes to cook.
  • Religious leaders denounced the potato because it wasn’t mentioned in the Bible.
  • Potatoes are the world’s fourth food staple - after wheat, corn and rice.
  • Potatoes are grown in more than 125 countries (even in space - in 1995).
  • Every year enough potatoes are grown worldwide to cover a four-lane motorway circling the world six times.
  • China is the world’s largest potatoe producer.
  • Namibians each eat an average of 110 kilograms of potatoes every year - not quite as much as the Germans consume.
  • In 1778 Prussia and Austria fought the Potatoe War in which each side tried to starve the other by consuming their potatoe crop.
  • During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush of the 1890’s, potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded them for gold.


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