When you think about potatoes, where do you imagine they’re grown? Popular locations might include Ireland, Idaho or maybe Poland. But would you also think of India, China and North Korea as being major producers?
It demonstrates a few rather interesting facts about worldwide potato cultivation (A statement I never thoughts I’d write):
- Potatoes are indigenous to the Andes of South America, yet are not widely cultivated there. For example, according to to potatopro.com, Peru is only the world’s 17th largest producer of potatoes.
- Ireland does not devote a particularity large amount of its cropland to potatoes and is not among the world’s top 25 producers.
- China is by far the world’s largest potato grower, growing more each year than second place India and third place Russia combined.
- US potato cultivation is very concentrated in only a few places, yet these places make the US to be the 5th largest potato grower in the world.
- 364,808,768 tonnes of potatoes were grown in 2012, the equivalent of 110 lbs (50 kg) for every man, woman and child on earth!
Love potatoes? Then you might like the following from Amazon:
- Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent
- 101 Things to Do with a Potato
- Priority Chef Potato Ricer and Masher
- Potato Gun
- Culina French Fry Potato Cutter with Round Bottom for Easy Slicing
- 4M Potato Clock
- POTATOES RUSSET FRESH PRODUCE 5 LBS
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