Potato or Solanum tuberosum, is a herbaceous perennial plant in the Solanaceae family. It is grown for its edible tubers. They are quite round in shape with a brown or red skin and white flesh insides. Potatoes grow under the ground. In this blog, we will see the best way to store potatoes, their nutritional benefits, some types of potatoes, amazing potato recipes and their health and medicinal benefits.
Reading a potato store guide is essential in order to know how to store potatoes. Ideally, store your potatoes in a cool, humid, and dark place. If you have an unheated basement or any similar place, that is a perfect spot for your potatoes. An insulated garage or shed may be a good option during the winter. One of the important tips to store potatoes is that you should not store potatoes in a fridge. The cold temperature turns the potato starch into sugar.
Potatoes are generally low in calories. 100 grams of Potatoes have 77 calories. There is almost no fat, sodium or cholesterol in potatoes. There are many potato nutritions. For instance, potatoes have almost 32% of Vitamin C in 100 grams of potatoes. Potatoes have more potassium than a banana. They are also good sources of vitamin B6 and are rich in Fiber, magnesium and antioxidants.
There are various types of potatoes grown in different parts of the world. Here are some of the major potato types:
This is the variety of potatoes which most of us eat as classic potatoes. These potatoes are ideal for baking purposes and also taste good fried or mashed.
The Jewel Yam variety of Potatoes is primarily a sweet potato. This variety is one of the most commonly found market sweet potatoes. These potatoes taste delicious baked or roasted.
Japanese Sweet Potato
This variety of potatoes have a pink to purple skin with white flesh. The flavour of these potatoes is sweet and nutty. This variety of potatoes can be grilled, steamed or baked.
Hannah Sweet Potato
The Hannah sweet potatoes are very similar to the Jewel potatoes. But this variety has lighter skin and flesh.
Rose Finn Apple
This variety of potatoes is an heirloom fingerling with pink skin and golden buttery yellow flesh. These potatoes have an earthy flavour and are great when boiled, grilled, sauteed, deep-fried, or served in salads.
You can cook potatoes in various ways like Au Gratin, Baked, Mashed, Roasted and Scalloped. Here are some basic steps you should know while cooking potatoes in various ways:
Potatoes are required in several recipes. In fact, potatoes are one of the main ingredients in various recipes in cuisines around the world. Here are some amazing recipes which you can try at home:
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Potatoes are said to be beneficial for the body in various different ways. Here are some health and medicinal potato benefits:
Potatoes are said to soothe the stomach and duodenum ulcers and reduce stomach acidity. They may also help you relieve the inflammation associated with arthritis. But eating too much of anything is also not good for your body! So, eat in moderation.
Help regulate Blood pressure
Potatoes can also help you regulate blood pressure. Potatoes have around 100 calories but are highly nutritious. You should be careful about the way you cook your potatoes. Potatoes are said to be great for people with high blood pressure and water retention as they balance high sodium levels.
Potatoes are also said to be a ‘healing food’, especially with its white flesh. The potato flesh is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid with natural sedative properties that help calm the nerves.
Good for the heart health
Potatoes have no cholesterol and thus they are good for your heart health. It is only the oil and cholesterol-laden ingredients you may use while cooking which can make it a threat to the heart. Potatoes also contain heart-healing antioxidant anthocyanins.
Good for Brain Health
Potatoes have alpha-lipoic acid. It is a coenzyme present in the potatoes that can help boost overall cognitive health. Some experts link this acid to have beneficial effects on Alzheimer’s patients as well.
The high fibre content present in the potatoes aids smoother digestion. The Fiber in the potatoes supports digestion and promotes bowel regularity by adding bulk to stool.
Due to a large amount of production of potatoes in India, the country is also a major player in the potato export market. India exports potatoes to over 30 countries around the world. If you wish to export potatoes from India, Pisum Foods is the best choice! Pisum Foods is a leading potato exporter with extensive experience in the export industry. They are well aware of all the quality and health measures that need to be taken while exporting food products. Pisum will assist you right from documentation until the final delivery of the products. If you want to export potatoes, Contact Pisum Foods now!