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Whether it’s mashed, baked, boiled, steamed, or sautéed, the potato is a dietary staple around the globe.. This root vegetable or tuber is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, whose vegetable members include eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. If allowed to fully grow, the potato plant can produce an inedible fruit that resembles a tomato.

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Whether it’s mashed, baked, boiled, steamed, or sautéed, the potato is a dietary staple around the globe.. This root vegetable or tuber is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, whose vegetable members include eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. If allowed to fully grow, the potato plant can produce an inedible fruit that resembles a tomato.

Potatoes originated from South America, specifically in the Andean mountain region. They were later on introduced to Europeans by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. On many of their voyages, the Spanish used potatoes as a source of vitamin C to combat scurvy.Today, this vegetable is cultivated worldwide and is the world’s fourth largest crop, with the state of Idaho as one of the largest producers.

Health Benefits of Potato

Nowadays, potatoes are commonly sold and consumed in the form of greasy French fries or baked potato chips. These processed products are a source of unhealthy fats like trans fat, other processed ingredients, and chemical additives. Excessive consumption of processed potatoes can lead to a myriad of health problems, including obesity, heart problems, and even cancer.

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