National Potato Month


Chandler Sullivan

World’s Biggest Potato

The largest potato ever grown measured was around 11 lbs (4.98 kilograms). The potato was grown in the UK by a man named Peter Glazebrook. In 2011, it became well-known when it was weighed in the UK National Gardening Show.

The Big Idaho Potato

A 72-foot long flatbed trailer carried a 28-foot long, 10-foot wide, and 11.5-foot tall, 4 ton Idaho potato, although it wasn’t actually real. The “potato” was sculpted using styrofoam and was largely made of steel infrastructure and fiberglass skin.

Potatoes Benefits

Potato skins are a good source of roughage and potassium. The average potato with the skin intact contains around 110 calories. If you were to add toppings such as bacon, cheese, etc., the potato would have more fattening. If you’re looking for a more healthy potato, why not try the red potato? After taking into account the mineral density, the sugar to fiber ratio, and the sodium to potassium ratio, red potatoes became the healthiest potato with data from the USDA food database.

Potato Facts

  • A “spud”, which first became known in New Zealand around 1850, is a sharper version of a spade. Farmers used this tool to dig potatoes, although you didn’t have to use it only on potato plants.
  • The world’s largest potato chip was produced by the Pringle Company in 1990. It measured 25 by 14 inches.
  • Potatoes have even made an entry into pop culture. Possibly the most famous potato known to man, Mr. Potato Head. A creation from New Yorker George Lerner, the Hasbro Company launched the beloved toy in 1952. Unfortunately, Mr. Potato Head lost his pipe in 1987 mostly due to pressure from anti-smoking groups.
  • The “Mashed Potatoes” was a popular dance craze in the early 1960s. Mashed Potato Time was a 1962 chart-topping hit for soul singer Dee Dee Sharp.

Potato Recipes