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Today is National Potato Day!

 

 

- 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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