Potatoes: how much do you know about the 4th most grown crop on the planet?

The vegetable is immensely popular in many countries across the world, but lots of us have only a vague idea of how it is grown. Learn a heap of interesting facts about potatoes with this amazing video showing the whole process from field to factory!

The scientific name of potato is Solánum tuberósum and it belongs to the nightshade family along with tomatoes, eggplants and even tobacco.

Potato fruits are toxic for people. It is enough to eat two or three fruits to get poisoned.

Potato roots that we use for food are actually tubers. The main difference is that roots suck up nutrients from the soil while tubers accumulate them.

The plant is native to the Andes: wild-growing potatoes are still found in some regions of South America. Nobody knows exactly when people started cultivating this vegetable, but it happened as far back as several thousands of years ago!

Interestingly, potatoes were brought to Europe earlier (in 1580) than to North America (in 1621).

Potato is not only tasty when cooked, it also brings a lot of good to one’s health: it is very rich in potassium and vitamin C. It is very starchy as well, so potatoes are not recommended for diabetics and people who want to lose weight since starch is a polysaccharide.

Want to learn more exciting facts about this wonderful plant? Then watch the video by "How does it grow?" team!

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Do you like potatoes? What is your favorite potato dish? Tell us in the comments below!


Your opinion matters
Dee Jay Jones
I enjoy the taste of potatoes but fear that it's not good for metabolism. Aloha
Apr 2, 2016 12:13PM
Bill Thompson
I grew up on white or pinto beans, cornbread and mashed potatoes. I still like 'em.
Apr 4, 2016 8:15PM
Nancy Paquette Lussier
French fries....
Apr 4, 2016 8:20PM
Terry Long
Addicted to potato chips!! And French fries. And mashed potatoes. And boiled potatoes. And cottage fries. And American fries. And..............
Apr 4, 2016 8:29PM
Rodger Talbott
Nice Spuds Story!
Apr 4, 2016 8:44PM
Theda Gallegos
Theda Gallegos
Apr 4, 2016 8:50PM
I helped automate 3 multi-million dollar fresh potato warehouses. Lead programmer on two of them. So much fun! So many different kinds of potatoes processed.
Apr 4, 2016 9:15PM
Jim Vassar
Jim Vassar
Potatoes are great in anyway you can from Paul put them in grass rolls so many ways they can be fried they can be boiled they can be roasted you can make a mess potatoes potato chips they are excellent
Apr 4, 2016 9:26PM
Yes, I love potatoes, especially potato soup!! I have 6 rows that I planted, and they will be ready 1st week of May, yum yum!!
Apr 4, 2016 9:28PM
Jacqueline Desjardins
No CC(closed captioning) so disappointed!
Apr 4, 2016 9:33PM
Scott Sumone
Scott Sumone
mashed, baked, fried, potato soup, stew, home fries, and french fried....pass the potatoes please....
Apr 4, 2016 10:47PM
I would have starved to death after WWII but for the potatoes
Apr 4, 2016 10:52PM
John Hallahan
John Hallahan
I'll take a sweet potato any day, Purple potato's are good also!
Apr 4, 2016 10:53PM
Tom Young
I love baked potatoes!
Apr 4, 2016 11:09PM
Nancy Kephart Garcia
Nancy Kephart Garcia
I grew up on a ranch in Montana and one of my jobs as a kid was to pick potato bugs off the plants. Ick!
Apr 5, 2016 12:47AM

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