Friday, 13 September 2013

Potatoes

Our Potatoe Tower

Friday September 13, 2013 is the day that we look inside our Potatoe Tower.  Our tower was planted the first Saturday in June 2013.
Like today it was an unseasonably cold and damp day.  If you have followed the blog you have watched this our first attempt at a Potatoe Tower grow.

Potatoe Facts 

Wikipedia tells us that wild potatoes grew throughout North and South America.  More recently through genetic testing science has determined that the origins of the wild potatoe was in ``present day Peru and the extreme northwestern Bolivia``.  Today Wikipedia reports that 99% of the potatoes grown worldwide have their beginnings in what is called Chiloe Archipelago, the Peruvian wild potatoe.

Nutrition Facts 
Amount Per 1 Potato medium (2-1/4" to 3-1/4" diameter) (213 g) is 163 calories
Total fat 0.2 g,   
Saturated fat 0.1 g,             
Cholesterol 0 mg                 
Sodium 13 mg                     
Potassium 897 mg               
Total Carbohydrate 37 g     
Dietary Fiber 4.8 g               
Sugar 1.7 g
Protein 4.3 g
Vitamin A 0%,  Vitamin C 70%, Vitamin B-6 30%, Vitamin B-12 0%
Calcium 2%
Iron 9%
Magnesium 12%

Digging our Potatoes










The Smithsonian  link above will take you to a short video about the potatoe and how it changed the history of human beings on earth.

I am interested in finding out your favourite Potatoe recipes if you send them to us either through the comment section below or via Facebook Grandpa, Ruth, Emily and I will test them and publish in this blog the ones that we like the best.

So while our crop of potatoes was small we will expand our planting to two towers next year and Grandpa will sometime researching how to get a larger crop over the winter.

Grandma Snyder               


Reference
Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato

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