8.000 years ago the Incas in Peru were serving up potatoes. In 1536 the Spanish Conquistadors brought them over to Europe. Potatoes are today second in human consumption to rice.
Potatoes are a good source of fiber, they are perfect to fill you up. The other positive side is that fiber can help prevent heart disease and will also assist in keeping your cholesterol and blood sugars levels. The downside – we do love lashings of butter, salt, and ketchup. My dad liked his boiled with loads of salt. He ate them as a serving every day with his main meal. Not so good for his heart. There are 77 calories in one medium potato, so a plateful is going to add inches unless you are willing to burn off the calories afterward.
In moderation, we can adjust. I often like a few chips on the side of my salad, I just try not to go crazy.
The potato chip,
Some say originated in the US in the summer of 1853 by American George Crum. It is written that when a customer complained his french style potato chip was too thick, George cut them thinner. Conflicting the theory may be, as it is also thought American soldiers discovered French fries in Belgium during WW1 but because the local language was French they named them french fries.
It does not matter who claims the origin, when I travel, chips or fries are available everywhere. The Brits cover them in salt and vinegar, I love to eat them with mayonnaise. my favorite is to eat them the Spanish way as potatas bravas. covered in mayonnaise and a spicy salsa sauce.
Mashed with grated cheese, add mashed carrots and suede. great for a belly warmer on a cold winter day.
Potatoes are so versatile. They thicken up soups and stews and can accompany most main dishes. Just do not eat too many if you are watching your weight.
The potato has been the first vegetable to be grown in Space. The future says we just cannot live without them.
Thumbs up from me.