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Potato Respect

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This potato has been sitting around the house for a while as you can tell from the roots that are sprouting out of it.  Does anyone know it if is still good to eat if the roots are like this?  I suppose I should have given the old potato more respect than I did.  The largest potato on record was 7 pounds and 1 ounce grown in Great Britain.  I wonder if I could set an American record if I plant this baby in the ground and let her grow now. 

Potatoes have been around for more than 4000 years and came from South America originally. They are grown in all 50 states of the United States and more than 125 countries. The state of Idaho grows more potatoes than any other state.  One billion people a day eat potatoes.  McDonald’s is responsible for about 7% of the potatoes grown in the United States for its french fries alone.

Even though the potato is composed of 80% water it has more potassium than a banana, more fiber than an apple, and weighs in on average at only about 100 calories.  Now I didn’t say you could load it with sour cream and butter and still stay at the 100 calorie mark.  Come on!  Potatoes are also chalked full of vitamins and minerals like Calcium, Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B-6, and Magnesium.

 V P Dan Quayle - PD - DOD

Vice President Dan Quayle – PD – DOD

Thomas Jefferson gets the credit for bringing french fries to the United States through the White House, however the 44th Vice President of the United States – Dan Quayle gets the credit for spelling potato wrong.  During a spelling bee in 1992 at Munoz Rivera Elementary School, Vice President Quayle incorrectly had a student add an “e” to the end of potato to be spelled as potatoe. He was actually working from an inaccurate flash card that had been prepared in advance by a teacher there and didn’t catch the mistake in time.  People never let him live that one down.  Dan Quayle was also a member of the United States House of Representatives, as well as the United States Senate.  He also was Chairman of the National Space Council and in 1995 the potato was the first vegetable grown in space.  Or was that a “potatoe” that was grown?  You decide!  There is less gravity in space so maybe it can take that extra “e” with no problem! What do you think Dan?


11 Comments

  1. foguth says:

    Potatoes are part of the nightshade family (ditto for tomatoes, peppers and eggplants). There are two short answers to your question, “Does anyone know it if is still good to eat if the roots are like this?” 1) Not if the flesh has taken on a greenish cast, because something in the potato’s chlorophyl is what carries the natural poison, which makes the leaves inedible. 2) Yes, as long as the flesh is not discolored.
    BTW, if you were to plant this potato, it would not get larger, the growing plant would take what it needs from this root to build roots, stems and leaves, so it would shrivel. HOWEVER, once the plant was established and had more than it needed to maintain itself, it would begin to store the ‘extras’ in special portions of its new roots and voila, you would have many potatoes.

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  2. Thanks Jeanne! Great information! I am glad you shared that with me since I was going to try to eat it. Guess I will have to take another route to beat the British record! LOL

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  3. Hi Tony,

    I would have guessed that the potato isn’t good to eat anymore; not with that fluorescent green stuff growing out of it! 🙂

    Nancy

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  4. That’s what I get for waiting so long! LOL

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  5. bacardi gold says:

    Now I know potatoes have more Potassium content than bananas…I have to eat more potatoes, but not fries! 🙂
    great post, Tony!

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  6. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!

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  7. jjspina says:

    I wouldn’t eat that potato, Tony! I eat lots of baked potatoes now that I know they are really good for me, better than all the rice I used to eat. Don’t eat French fries but wish I could! LOL! Thanks for sharing this interesting post. Blessings! 😀

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  8. I am definitely going to throw this tater away! Potatoes are a great food source.

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  9. tabitha59reachingout says:

    Potatoes ARE a great food source, Tony, but as you said the toppings we put on …. well, that’s another story. A man in the produce department of the grocery store told me that when a potato has eyes, it is still a healthy potato. But when it can’t grow eyes, it is because it is dead and the nutrition has been fading away. …. Long ago, during the war in Ireland (if I recall correctly) people had their farm animals confiscated for the soldiers in the army. They were forced to live only on veggies and potatoes. That was all they could afford. What did they discover? They discovered that they thrived. Many people’s health improved because they stopped living mostly on animal products. They lost weight. They lost their heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and more. Seriously. If anyone is interested, you can learn more about this by reading some of Dr. Neal Barnard’s books, or Dr. Joel Furhman’s “Fit For Life”, or the National Best Seller “Forks Over Knives.” Knives here is referring to surgery. A vegetarian diet is only healthy, though, if we are doing it right. There are lots of unhealthy vegetarians out there because they don’t follow the ‘rules’. 🙂 Good article, Tony.

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  10. Thanks for the great information on potatoes! Sounds like if we want to be healthy we need to gravitate away from the animals. Great to see you here Debbie!

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