Farm Focus: Potatoes
The potato is the most important non-cereal crop for feeding the world, ranking behind corn, wheat and rice. The starchy vegetable is about 80 percent water and grows best in a long, cool season. Here are some other potato facts:
• After dairy products, potatoes are the second most consumed food in all of the United States.
• The average American eats just under 140 pounds of potatoes every year – more than 50 pounds fresh, 55 pounds frozen, 2 pounds canned, 13 pounds dehydrated and almost 17 pounds of potato chips.