Potatoes are rich in other nutrients other than just carbohydrates which is a much missed-out fact. The potato peel is rich in potassium and the flesh contains elements of magnesium, iron, zinc, sodium and calcium. These are also highly rich in Vitamin C and fibre which are good for the skin and gut health. The presence of calcium, magnesium and zinc in the potatoes help in building the bone structure and strength. Zinc and iron are also responsible for the maturation of collagen in the body. The little amount of phosphorus along with calcium ensures the proper bone mineralisation.
The potato originated in south Peru where it was first grown in between 3000 and 2000 B.C. and it was introduced in Europe in the 16th century. The name of the vegetable is inspired by the Spanish word ‘patata’. There are over a thousand of organic potato varieties cultivated, but not all varieties are used for commercial purposes. in 1995, the space shuttle Columbia took potato plants to space marking it as the first time any food was ever cultivated in space. Organic potatoes are relatively very easy to grow as compared to other crops. They are environmentally friendly and can grow without fertilizers or chemicals and they are grown in over 125 countries.