The potato is a staple food in many countries around the world. The history of the potato dates back to between 8000 and 5000 BCE. From royalty figures wearing the blossom of potato plants to the horrific potato famines, the potato has played a very important role in history.

Members of the nightshade family, there are many types of potatoes including russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, white/yellow, purple/blue, fingerling, petite and red. There are new potatoes as well and such sub-varieties as Idaho and Texas potatoes. Potatoes are a versatile vegetable that can be boiled, fried, baked, sautéed or grilled. They can be used in a myriad of dishes such as sides, casseroles, gratins, fillers and salads. Potatoes are popular for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even for snacks.

Loaded with nutrients, potatoes are super rich in anti-oxidants and fiber. They are packed with Vitamins B6 and C, potassium, copper, manganese, niacin, phosphorus and pantothenic acid. Potatoes also contain a lot of starch. When they are cooked about 39 degree Fahrenheit the starch turns into sugar. Depending upon how you prepare them, potatoes can be an effective food for weight management. They are generally very economical too.

On this site, you will find many potato recipes that will delight your entire family. While your children most likely won’t be too impressed with the nutritional value of them, they will love the taste. In these recipes, you will use them in soups and stews, in main dishes and in sides.

When serving a potato dish, you might make mention to your children that heaviest potato on record weighed in at 10 pounds 14 ounces and was grown by Peter Glazebrook of the United Kingdom. That’s as heavy as a gallon of paint. I guess we all know what’s for dinner at his house.