Scientific Name: Solanum tuberosum
Country of Origin: South America
Potatoes are a nutrient-packed, easy to grow crop in the nightshade family. They produce one of the highest yields per acre of any crop and can be grown in any range of soil types because they do not require soil with high nutrition. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C and carbohydrates. There are many diverse ways to use potatoes; they can be roasted, baked, steamed, boiled, pureed, added to stews, soups, and savory pies, or used to distill alcohol. Before preparing potaoes, it is important to make sure that the tubers do not have green patches, for green parts that have been exposed to light contain solanine, which can be poisonous.