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National Potato Day

Make National Potato Day a day to remember with delicious recipes, fun activities, and exciting discounts - all centered around the mighty potato!
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August 19
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Get ready to celebrate National Potato Day on August 19th and show your appreciation for this versatile and delicious vegetable! Potatoes have been an integral part of many cultures throughout history, dating back to 800 BC when they were first cultivated in Peru. Nowadays potatoes are enjoyed all over the world in a huge variety of dishes, from mashed potatoes to french fries to potato chips. So grab some potatoes and join us in celebrating National Potato Day!

History of National Potato Day

National Potato Day Dates

National Potato Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>800 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Potato Cultivation Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>The potato was first cultivated by the Inca Indians in Peru.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1536</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Spanish Introduction</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Spanish Conquistadors bring potatoes back to Europe from South America.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1589</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Potato Planting in Ireland</div><div class='timeline-text'>Sir Walter Raleigh, English adventurer and writer, introduced potatoes to Ireland.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1719</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Potatoes in North America</div><div class='timeline-text'>Potatoes were planted in Idaho for the first time, marking their introduction to North America.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1853</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Invention of Potato Chips</div><div class='timeline-text'>The potato chip was invented by Chef George Crum at Moon's Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Potato Day Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Potato Day was established as a day to celebrate and appreciate the beloved potato.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Potato Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake some potatoes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Nothing says National Potato Day like baking up a few potatoes in the oven. Cover them with your favorite toppings and enjoy a tasty meal.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make potato salad</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show off your culinary skills by making a delicious potato salad for your friends and family. You can add in bacon, celery, and onions for a unique twist.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try mashed potatoes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish that you can make to celebrate National Potato Day. Add in some butter and herbs for an even tastier experience.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Fry some potato chips</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Fried potato chips are one of the most popular snacks around and they make the perfect treat to celebrate National Potato Day. Cut thin slices of potatoes, fry them up in oil, and enjoy!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Roast potatoes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Roasted potatoes are a simple yet delicious way to celebrate National Potato Day. Cut your potatoes into cubes and roast them in the oven with oil, herbs, and spices.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Potato Day

<div class='whywelove-item'><div class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 class='whywelove-title'>Potatoes are a staple for a reason</h3><p class='whywelove-text'>Hashbrowns or potato salad, hot or cold, no matter how you slice ‘em, potatoes have been a staple in diets all over the world because they’re easy to grow, tasty and relatively inexpensive to produce and buy. Nearly ever cuisine has potatoes in it, so you can take a culinary journey with your trusty potato by your side.</p></div></div><div class='whywelove-item'><div class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 class='whywelove-title'>Potato chips are the best snack</h3><p class='whywelove-text'>The people have spoken! Potato chips are regularly regarded as the most delicious snack and we couldn’t agree more. Plus, there isn’t a better party food than the potato chip. Just pour them in a bowl and let the festivities begin! With chips coming in more and more flavors all the time, you’ll never run out of ways to enjoy your favorite spuds with your buds. That deserve a few chip-chip-hoorays!</p></div></div><div class='whywelove-item'><div class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 class='whywelove-title'>Potatoes are America’s crop</h3><p class='whywelove-text'>Potatoes are grown in all 50 states! It makes sense that there should be a national day to celebrate the crop that can feed an entire country. We really do think this starchy, vitamin packed veg is all that and a bag of chips so pick up a bag, choose a recipe and feast with friends!</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for National Potato Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Potato Represents Countless Varieties</h3><p class='facts-content'>Not all potatoes are equal. There are over 4,000 varieties of potato grown worldwide, representing a range of shapes, sizes, and colors, proving that this crop is as diverse as it is beloved.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Potatoes are NASA-Approved</h3><p class='facts-content'>In an experiment to find food crops that could be grown on long space missions, NASA and the University of Wisconsin devised an approach making it possible to grow potatoes in space!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Potatoes were Once Worth Gold</h3><p class='facts-content'>During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush in the late 1800s, potatoes were equal to gold in value. Due to their vitamin C content, potatoes were highly prized for their ability to prevent scurvy.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Potatoes have a High Water Content</h3><p class='facts-content'>Potatoes are about 80% water and 20% solid. This high water content makes them an excellent addition to diets focused on hydration.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Term "Couch Potato" was Born in California</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the 1970s, the term "couch potato" was coined by a group of Californians who started a club named the "Couch Potatoes" - as its members pledged to promote television watching as a form of exercise.</p></div></div>

National Potato Day FAQs

When is National Potato Day?

National Potato Day is celebrated on August 19 every year. In 2024 National Potato Day will occur on a Monday.

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