Potato is the term which applies either to the starchy tuberous crop from the perennial plant Solanum tuberosum of the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family, or to the plant itself.
Potato is the world's most widely grown tuber crop, and the fourth largest food crop in terms of fresh produce -- after rice, wheat, and maize.
Nutritionally, potatoes are best known for their carbohydrate content. Potatoes contain a number of important vitamins and minerals and to benefit from these nutrients, should be consumed with their skin on.
A medium potato provides vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6 and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. Potatoes are known as the foods people crave when they are stressed. This is true, the carbs in potatoes help make space for tryptophan with a smooth passage into the brain. This, in turn, boosts the serotonin level in the brain. High serotonin levels help boost your mood and help you feel calm.
Planting your own potatoes are not only satisfying, it can also provide you with a great source of fresh food.
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