Commentary

GROWING IRISH POTATOES

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Irish potatoes are one of America’s most popular vegetables—the average American eats about 125 pounds of potatoes and potato products each year.

The edible part of the plant is an underground stem called a tuber (not a root). Irish potatoes contain 2 percent protein and 18 percent starch. They are an inexpensive source of carbohydrates and, when prepared properly, provide good amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Irish potatoes are a cool-season crop; they grow best in early spring and late fall when the days are warm and the nights are cool. However, the tops of the plant cannot withstand frost.

Read more about growing potatoes here: GROWING IRISH POTATOES