Farm Facts About Potatoes

Farm Facts About Potatoes

The potato is one versatile vegetable. This tasty spud is grown in 36 states across the country and is super easy to cook. Take a look at some interesting farm facts about the always-popular potato:

  • Potatoes provide more potassium than bananas. They also contain fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants.
  • Seven varieties of potatoes are grown in the United States.
  • The country’s top potato producers are Idaho, Washington and Wisconsin.
  • Thirty-five percent of the annual potato harvest is turned into frozen french fries, 28 percent is used for fresh potatoes and 13 percent becomes chips and shoestrings.
  • One medium potato contains 45 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C.
  • In 2011, the U.S. harvested 1,076.7 thousand acres of potatoes.
  • In 2010, the U.S. exported a total of 1,626,494 thousand pounds of fresh potatoes and seed.

 

source: National Potato Council, USDA Census of Agriculture