How many potatoes are there in the world?

The potato is an annual plant that, as a type of food, ranks fourth in the world in importance, after corn, wheat and rice. And, as an essential product that is part of our gastronomy, we are going to review its varieties and uses so that you can handle them perfectly.

Potatoes are a good source of calories, have some micronutrients and are also high in protein, especially compared to other roots and plants. In fact, it is one of the main products of the earth, along with vegetables and fruits.

different types of potato

Once harvested, the potato is used for various purposes and not just as a vegetable to prepare at home. In reality, potatoes eaten fresh are less than 50% of world production. In that 50% are our dishes with potatoes, from patatas bravas to side dishes or tortillas. The rest is used to obtain food and industrial feed ingredients: feed for cattle, pigs and poultry, starch and ethanol (fuel) for industry or it is also used as seed for the next harvest. Continue reading “How many potatoes are there in the world?”