February 8 is National “Potato Lovers” Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Potato:

  1. The word , potato, is derived from a Native American word “Batata”
  2. The first cultivated potatoes date back to 500o BC in Peru. Originally, they were purple. When cooked they turn a deep blue color.
  3. Most of the nutrients found in potatoes are in the skin.
  4. Sweet potatoes are distant relatives of the common potato, while Yams are not potatoes at all, they botanically are considered lilies.
  5. The word spud actually means “to dig a small hole in the grown, similar to spade, a tool to dig small holes.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

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Today’s Food History

  • 1795 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was born. A German chemist who developed a method for obtaining sugar from beet juice.
  • 1886 Wilhelm Koppers was born. This cultural anthropologist developed theories on the origins of society based on studies of hunter-gatherer tribes.

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