potatoes

The United Nations and its Food and Agriculture Organization declared 2008 the year of the potato.  The website has many fun potato facts. 

Potatoes aren’t typically thought of as a staple food in African diets.  There is definitely an affinity for french fries (chips) in most places and often are the starch of choice in any type of restaurant meal.  But what I found interesting is that “The potato underpins Rwanda’s food security. Annual consumption is a very high 125 kg per person, making potato the country’s second most important source of calorie intake after cassava.”

Yeah – potatoes! 

According the website, Americans consume a meager 54kg per year – though only 16kg as fresh.  I’m probably as guilty as the next, but vow to prepare and consume more potatoes.

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