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Eat them baked, fried, scalloped, mashed or boiled: It's National Potato Day

One of America’s favorite vegetable is celebrated on Aug 19. It’s National Potato Day. Potatoes have been popular parts of diets around the world for centuries, and everyone eats potatoes because there are so many different ways to cook them.

August 19 is National Potato Day
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More than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year. Potatoes are inexpensive and versatile vegetables that Americans love to eat. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals and can be prepared in a variety of different ways. We use them to make baked potatoes, boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, roasted potatoes, stuffed potatoes, home fries, French fries, julienne potatoes, and the list goes on and on.

There are close to 4,000 different varieties of potatoes. In general, varieties are categorized into a few main groups, such as russets, reds, whites, yellows and purples. There are many ways you can cook potatoes, and it is likely that everyone loves potatoes in some form.

Potatoes are so versatile that you could eat them every day of the week without cooking them the same way. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also eat potato chips as a snack.

Potatoes are not only tasty, but they’re also good for you. They contain high levels of important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, and iron. Potatoes are the main ingredient in potato salad or potato soup.

Potatoes are healthy and nutritious. Humans can actually survive healthily on a diet of potatoes supplemented only with milk or butter because potatoes contain everything we need for our bodies except vitamin A and vitamin D. The potato is best known for its carbohydrate content (approximately 26 grams in a medium potato). The predominant form of this carbohydrate is starch.

Today, enjoy potatoes prepared your favorite way to celebrate National Potato Day. In honor of National Potato Day, why not cook potatoes any way you like.