August 19 National Potato Day

Here’s a vegetable that often gets over looked but is used nearly daily by all. The potato! I love potatoes, they are my favorite starch. Mashed, baked, fried, boiled, broiled… sort of reminds of the Forest Gump shrimp routine! The potato has been harvested as a food for almost as long as man can remember. The first use of the potato appears to be in Peru somewhere between 5,000 BC and 7,000 BC. Either date, it’s a long, long time. The potato is fairly easy to grow and over history it has served man well. The potato itself is not fattening either! It’s the butter,s cream, cheese, and bacon toppings, among others, that we use with them that makes them fattening. So stop knocking the potato and use it. But use it well. There are, after-all, a few things in life we can still enjoy.

How to celebrate – Come up with your own potato dish. Think of the holidays without the potato! Grow your own potatoes.

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