Put on your spuds and break out that peeler, because we're about to take an entrancing journey into the dappled fields of one of humankind's most loved and versatile underground treats - the potato. The quintessential garden underdog with a history as rich as its nutrients, the humble potato reigns supreme on August 19 every year, and it's not hard to see why.
It's national potato day on the 19th August.
On August 19th, National Potato Day roots into our calendars, giving us the perfect excuse to indulge in our favorite starchy delights. Accompanied by the humble hum of peeling and boiling and the inspired madness of mashing and roasting, potatoes confirm their status as the kings and queens of kitchen transformation. With a glut of 10,114 references on our site in 2020 alone, it’s safe to say Potatomania is well and truly upon us.
Spanning centuries, potatoes have played a substantial role in human history. From the high Andean plains to the lush Irish countryside, the potato was there, providing a reliable food source. It's even been suggested that 'the Potato Revolution' is a thing that propelled our human ancestors to dwell in places once thought inhospitable. The marvelous potato is a veggie of starchy resilience, indeed.
Throughout the world, the potato has integrated itself seamlessly into myriad cuisines. Soft, succulent gnocchi in Italy, tangy patatas bravas in Spain, and cheesy rosti in Switzerland - the potato is almost as well-traveled as it is delicious. Why not honor our spudnik by cooking up your favorite potato dish on National Potato Day?
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