Geek talkSolanum Tuberosum

But we talkPotato

DescriptionThe potato is native to Peru and was first domesticated between 8000 and 5000 BCE. Since then the potato has become extremely popular around the world and it is now the world’s fourth largest crop. The potato was not always popular as when potatoes first came Europe many thought eating them would cause leprosy. This changed when a French agronomist named Parmentier created a way for peasants to “steal” potatoes from the king’s garden and popularized mashed potatoes. Solanum, the first part of the scientific name for potatoes, means soothing in Latin, which is one of the many reasons many consider potatoes comfort food.

Kitchen PharmacyPotatoes are a great source of pyridoxine, which is used to treat high cholesterol, Post Menstrual Cycle symptoms, attention deficit disorder, asthma, cramps, migraines, sickle cell anemia, radiation poison, and helps boost your immune system. Potatoes also contain copper, potassium, manganese, fiber, and vitamin C. In addition, potatoes are known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, promote new cell growth, protect against atherosclerosis and colon cancer, and helps break down glycogen, which improves athletic performance and endurance.

Nutrition: 110 Grams Contains

Origin: South America
  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato#Characteristics
  2. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=48

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