Fun Facts

  • Potato chips are American's favorite snack food. They are devoured at a rate of 1.2 billion pounds a year.
  • March 14th is Potato Chip Day!
  • Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by chef George Crum.
  • Which vegetable do Americans eat the most? Potatoes. The average person in the United States eats 140 pounds of potatoes every year.
  • Spuds in Space: The potato was the first vegetable to be grown in space!
  • During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold ? Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes. In fact, there is even a potato called Yukon Gold. These potatoes are slightly flat and oval in shape with light gold, thin skin and light yellow flesh.
  • Potatoes were originally cultivated in South America, probably in Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. More than 400 years ago, the Inca Indians in those countries grew potatoes in their mountain valleys. They made a light floury mixture that they used to bake a potato-type bread.
  • Pennsylvania potatoes are recognized worldwide as the best potato-chip potato. In Waterford, Pennsylvania, glaciers from the last Ice Age left behind a layer of porous gravel, topped by rich, loamy soil. Perfect potato ground. Troyer Farms potato ground.
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