New potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) 'Charlotte'
New potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) ‘Charlotte’

If the world ended tomorrow, what would you eat? Consider the potato.

Potatoes are prolific, filling, and packed with useful nutrients. One middling-sized spud contains 3 grams of protein, 2.7 grams of dietary fiber, 23 grams of carbohydrate—mostly in the form of starch, plus significant amounts of potassium and other minerals, and about half the adult Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin C…Anybody with a shovel can grow potatoes; and a mere acre of potatoes is enough to feed a family of six for a year.

To read the full article go to The PLATE at National Geographic.

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