The first potato patches in the United States are reported to have been planted by Scotch-Irish immigrants near Londonderry, NH in 1719. Today Idaho is the largest producer of potatoes thanks to the development of the Russet Burbank variety in 1872. French fries were introduced when Thomas Jefferson was President. Potato chips have been popular since 1853 when a chef in Sarasota Springs, NY was told the potatoes he attempted to spite a complaining guest who complained the potatoes were cut too thick. The paper thin, fried in oil, and salted potatoes were first known as “Saratoga Crunch Chips”. However, as yummy as these sound, the Incas had many uses for potatoes other than eating.
Imagine doing this with potatoes! Try it just like the Incas did.
- Place raw slices on broken bones to promote healing
- Carry them to prevent rheumatism
- Eat with other foods to prevent indigestion
- Treat facial blemishes by washing the face daily with cool potato juice
- Treat frostbite or sunburn by applying raw grated potato or potato juice to the affected area
- Help a toothache by carrying a potato in your pocket
- Ease a sore throat by putting a slice of baked potato in a stocking and tying it around your throat
- Ease aches and pains by rubbing the affected area with the water potatoes have been boiled in
I have several favorite potato recipes. Some I make all year long, and some I like to make for the holidays. On these cold winter nights you should try a Chunky Potato Chowder. You'll find it on page 54 of Flavorful Fortified Food - Recipes to Enrich Life. If you make it more than once, you can vary it with the Helpful Hints for a nice change.