Some Boring Facts About Potatoes
The word "potato" came from the American Indian word "Batata."
A potato is about 80% water.
The first people to cultivate the potato were the Indians in Peru, over 4000 years ago.
The potato was the first food ever to be grown in outer space.
The average American eats nearly 140 pounds (63.6 kg) of potatoes per year.
Pringles made the world's largest potato chip, back in 1990. It measured 23 inches across.
The world's biggest potato was grown in Germany in 1997. It weighed 3.2 kg or 7 pounds, which is about the same weight as a small dog.
There are about 100 types of edible potatoes.
2008 was the International Year Of The Potato.
In 1974, Englishman Eric Jenkins grew 370 pounds of potatoes from one plant.