Looking for a reason to celebrate your love for potatoes? Look no further than National Tater Day on March 31st! This special day recognizes the essential role that potatoes play in our diets, providing us with vital vitamins, minerals, and fiber. And with over 200 different varieties of potatoes in the United States alone, it's no wonder that they are the number one consumed vegetable in the country!
- So how do we love to eat our spuds? Let us count the ways! First up, we have the classic baked potato. Who can resist the crispy skin and fluffy interior of a perfectly baked potato?
- And if once isn't enough, we can always bake them twice with a wide range of delicious toppings. And that's just the beginning!
- Boiled potatoes can be transformed into soups, salads, and the all-time favorite mashed potatoes. And with countless variations on the mashed potato recipe, there's no end to the possibilities.
But that's not all - diced, sliced, and fried, potatoes can be transformed into scalloped potatoes, hashbrowns, and even potato dumplings and pancakes. The versatility of this humble vegetable is truly astounding!
And did you know that National Tater Day may have originated as Tater Day in parts of Kentucky, celebrating the sweet potato, which is one of the main cash crops in the area?
- The celebration dates back to the 1840s, making it the oldest continuous trade day in the United States.
- But the love for potatoes isn't just limited to the United States - worldwide, there are over 4,000 varieties of potatoes!
- And ever since they were first shipped from Europe to the colonies in the early 17th century, potatoes have been a staple in the North American diet.
So if you're a potato lover, don't miss out on the chance to celebrate National Tater Day on March 31st. Whether you prefer your potatoes baked, boiled, mashed, fried, or any other way, this is the perfect day to indulge in your love for this versatile and delicious vegetable.
Join the celebration and use the hashtag #NationalTaterDay to share your favorite potato recipes and tips with fellow potato enthusiasts!
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL TATER DAY
- Have your potato, tater, or spud the way you like it.
- Sprinkle them with herbs, cheese, or just a hint of salt.
- Try a new recipe.
- What’s really important is that you celebrate this humble vegetable.
- Share your favorite potato recipe.
Use #NationalTaterDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL TATER DAY HISTORY
The day may have originated in Kentucky where they have celebrated Tater Day for some time. However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Tater Day.
Tater FAQQ. Where is the world’s largest potato?
A. Potatoes are a popular record goal for people around the world. Not only do they try to out-grow the competition, but people also try to out-bake, out-peel and out-serve potatoes.
Check out these potato-related records:
- 2011 – Peter Glazebrook of the UK grows the world’s heaviest potato weighing in at 10 pounds 14 ounces (4.98 kilograms).
- 2012 – Have you ever tried to peel a potato in one long, continuous strip? If so, your new challenge is to achieve the longest potato peel. The current record is held by Alastair Galpin of New Zealand. His peel came in at 5 feet 2.28 inches (1.582 meters) long.
- 2016 – Feuerwehr Dettingen cooked the world’s largest potato pancake. The Dettinggen, Germany pancake measured 7 feet 11 inches (2.42 meters) in diameter.
- 2020 – Patrick Huyskens of Belgium grew the world’s tallest potato plan measuring 57 inches (145 centimeters) tall.
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