THE HISTORY OF POTATO
Migration and movement
Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes in about 200 BC. In 1536 Spanish Conquistadors conquered Peru, became aware of the potato, and carried them to Europe. Before the end of the sixteenth century families of Basque sailors began to cultivate potatoes along the Biscay coast of northern Spain
Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes to Ireland in 1589 near Cork on the 40,000 acres of land given to him by Queen Elizabeth Lin 1581.
Potatoes arrived in the Colonies in 1621 when the Governor of Bermuda, Nathaniel Butler, sent two large der containing potatoes and other vegetables to Governor Francis Wyatt Virginia at Jamestown.
A. A. Parmentier helped King Louis XIV popularize the potato in France in the 18th century. Parmentier created a feast with only potato dishes, a concept he realized was possible while being imprisoned in Germany and fed only potatoes. Benjamin Franklin, ambassador to France, was in attendance of Parmentier’s feast in 1767.
Marie Antoinette wife of Louis XV was known to wear potato blossoms as a hair decoration.
Over the years of cultivation in Ireland the potato had become the major food source to the Irish population. In 1845-46 a fungus destroyed the potato crops causing the disaster of the Irish Potato Famine.
In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.
Potatoes as currency
During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes. On the South Atlantic Island of Tristan de Cunha, potatoes were once used as the country’s unofficial currency. Because of it’s remoteness, food was most valuable.
THE POTATO BENEFITS
It has quite a story to tell: Good for you fiber. Rich in vitamin C. Excellent source of potassium. Only 100 calories. And not a drop of fat, sodium or cholesterol to be found. That means potatoes aren’t just good, they’re good for you. Fiber promotes good digestion and helps manage your body weight, plus it may help decrease your risk of colon cancer and heart disease.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects your body’s cells. It also helps keep your gums healthy and can protect your body from infection by keeping your immune system healthy. And foods that are a good source of potassium and low in sodium such as potatoes may reduce your risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
Great nutrition and healthy new recipes now there’s no reason to let anything come between you and the potatoes you love.
Robin Vitetta-Miller, MS, contributing editor to Health Magazine, and frequent contributor to Shape, Men’s Fitness and CNN, loves potatoes just as much as you do, and she’s just as concerned about healthy eating. So, she’s created the following delectable preparation ideas using healthy ingredients and reasonable serving sizes. Try one or all and you’ll
always feel great about eating America’s favorite vegetable: The Healthy Potato.
Naturally Nutritious. Always Delicious. With skins on 5.3 ounces for baked potatoes, 1/2 cup for mashed, roasted or potato salad. Recommended yield may be less than you’re accustomed to. To enjoy larger servings, simply double the recipe.
Consumers are often surprised to hear that a medium-sized, 5.3 ounce potato is:
- A great source of vitamin C.
- An excellent source of potassium when eaten with the skin.
- Only 100 calories.
- Less than 10 percent of the daily value of carbohydrates.
A good source of fiber when eaten with the skin
OUR PRODUCTS’ INGREDIENTS
We serve baked potatoes stuffed with a variety of ingredients catered to suit any market. As mentioned before the Potato Hut franchise is very adaptable. With this in mind, the tastes of individuals vary due to the different demographics of people. For example, in Europe the cuisine taste is subtle however on the other spectrum Asian cuisine leans towards the more flavorful and fragrant. The baked potato recipes thus will vary from region to region to cater to all tastes. We strive to refrain from being a static concept and embrace diversity and fluidity so as to ensure the success for the brand.
For example, in India we have already adapted some of the recipes to cater to the Indian market. Some of the menu items for India include Falafel delight, Soya Magic, Spicy Soya, Creamed Spinach, Cheesy Delight, Taco Salsa, Chilly Crispy Paneer and Corn Magic to mention a few. As our brand is adaptable as it caters to both Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarian people thus the recipes vary according to markets. Potatoes have shed the untrue stigma that they are unhealthy. In actual fact, they are heathy as they are high in fiber, rich in vitamin C, have 0% Cholesterol, are 100% fat free and are an excellent source of potassium. Therefore, not only is our product healthy, it is also delicious and filling.
NUTRITION FACT SERVING SIZE 1 POTATO (350G)
High Vitamin C
High in Potassium
Good source of
Vitamin B6 & Dietary Fiber
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 0g 0%
Potassium 1703 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugar 7g Protein 10g