Potato FAQ's  
Aren't potatoes fattening?

No, the potato is a healthy and necessary part of our diet. The butter and sour cream we add to the potato can add calories and fat content. Potatoes are an inexpensive source of nutrition.

Where should I store my potatoes?
In a cool (42° to 52°) dry environment. Do not store in refrigerator.

Where did the potato come from?

The potato originally comes from Peru and Bolivia, where its cultivation may date back to 5000 BC. Spanish explorers likely took the potato back to Spain in the mid-16th century. Though not initially very popular there, countries in Europe eventually started growing potatoes in the 1600s and 1700s, when grain crops failed or were destroyed by war, and fuel for heating bread ovens became scarce.

How big is the potato crop?
Worldwide, potatoes are the 4th largest crop, averaging over 280 million metric tones per year.

Why do potatoes turn green, and can I eat them?
The green tinge appears when a potato is exposed to light or sun. Don’t eat the green parts. There are unpleasant bitter flavors around the green spots, which in large amounts are poisonous. Cut away the green parts before preparing the potatoes.

What causes bruises or black spots on potatoes?
These bruises or black spots are caused by dropping potatoes from a height of more than 6 inches. Treat potatoes gently!

How can I stop potatoes from falling apart while boiling or steaming?
Buy King's potatoes and you will not have this problem. Their unique potato has quality taste and texture that remains whether the potato is mashed, baked, boiled or fried.

Why do steamed or boiled potatoes turn grey or black after cooking?
While cooling, iron in the potato combines with other natural compounds, causing a grey, black, or bluish-purple color. To prevent this, after the potatoes are cooked and drained, stir in a small amount of lemon juice and keep them covered with a tight-fitting lid.


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