National Tater Day


March 31st the National Tater Day recognises all kinds of potatoes which provide us with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This day is set aside to celebrate the potato that is loved by almost everyone and provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. Anyone and everyone who loves potatoes in all of its numerous forms might want to take the time out to celebrate this day.
Tatters, Potatoes, Spuds, whatever we call them, March 31 is the day to celebrate this humble vegetable, or pair of vegetables. National Tater Day started way back in 1843, celebrating the beginning of spring.
Potato is the most important world’s leading vegetable crop by virtue of its inherent potential for tonnage
production, remunerative income and good nutritional values.
There are some facts that we think tater fans all over the world are going to appreciate like potatoes make up much of the world’s diet.
Potato blight is one of the causes of the Great Famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. Potatoes contain approximately 80 per cent water. In the U.S., Idaho is usually considered to be the Potato State. China produces more potatoes than any other country in the world. Today, trench fries are of course a very popular menu item.
Now that we understand where National Tater Day comes from a little bit better, it’s time to turn our attention to some potato related facts that peaked our interests. Potato was introduced into Europe, first by the Spaniard to Spain in 1579, and secondly to the England around 1590 from the Andean region of South America (Malik 1995). It was originally a celebration of the spring season, and participants would come together to trade sweet potato ‘slips.’ There are over 100 potato varieties in the United States and more than 4,000 worldwide.
Potatoes are quite versatile, which might explain why so many people like them. In terms of nutrition, the potato is best known for its carbohydrate content (approximately 26 grams in a medium potato). The predominant form of this carbohydrate is starch. A small but significant portion of this starch is resistant to digestion by enzymes in stomach and small intestine, and so reaches the large intestine essentially intact. There are numerous ways to fix and enjoy the potato: Baked, Boiled, Steamed, Roasted, Mashed, Fried, Grilled, Scalloped, French Fries, Cottage Fries or Hash Browns.
They are number one consumed vegetable in the United States, and when you consider how many ways we can eat the over 200 different kinds of potatoes in the United States, you shouldn’t be surprised.
Beyond all the ways we use potatoes, this day may have originally had a different meaning. We all love potatoes, both sweet and not, so let’s celebrate this day in style with some fries, wedges, mashed potatoes or whatever happens to be your favorite tater dish.
Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit