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Today is National Potato Day!

Posted August 19th, 2014 @ 7:41am


- Potatoes first arrived in the American colonies in 1621 when the Governor of Bermuda sent two chests of them to the Governor of Virginia.


- About 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year.


- During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, potatoes were worth practically their weight in gold.


- The potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space in October of 1995.


- The Inca Native American tribe used to carry potatoes with them to prevent rheumatism.


- French fries became popular in the United States when President Thomas Jefferson served them in the White House.


- Idaho is the top potato producing state in the U.S.


- The U.S. exports the most potatoes to Japan, followed by Canada and Mexico.


- 34% of potatoes in the U.S. are used to make frozen fries, followed by 28% being used fresh.


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