Potatoes are extremely popular in the United States and are eaten by 54 percent of the population
daily. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service potatoes, along with sweet corn and tomatoes, are the most popular vegetables. Roughly half of commercial potato crops in the U.S. are grown in California, Idaho, Maine, and Washington.
There are eight different classifications that various vegetables fall under. They are leaves, seeds, roots, tubers, fruits, bulbs, flowers, and stems and shoots. Sweet potatoes are in the root category while Irish potatoes are part of the tuber family. Roots grown down into the dirt to stabilize the plant and also serves to take in moisture and nutrients. A tuber is a large stem below ground.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes differ in that the carbohydrate found in potatoes is starch. Whereas sweet potatoes also contain quite a bit of starch they have more starch than regular potatoes giving them that sweet flavor. Vitamin C and vitamin B-6 can be found in potatoes and sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A.
There are many kinds of potatoes most of which fall under five different groups: round red, round white, russet, long white, and yellow flesh. Round red potatoes and round whites are good options for boiling, whereas russets are excellent choices for frying, roasting, baking, and mashing. Long whites are known as all-purpose potatoes and can be baked or boiled with success.
Roasting, baking, and boiling are healthier options for your family to enjoy potatoes than frying. Also,the use of a healthy fat, such as olive oil, instead of butter is a better option. For another healthy swap instead of using excessive salt try adding different herbs, such as thyme or rosemary, for flavor.