Just uploaded this excerpt from Growing Food: A Guide for Beginners...This happens to be the chapter on potatoes...
One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Floor
Did you know that potatoes can be used to make vodka? Their high starch content makes them a likely suspect for the creation of this extremely well-known spirit. You will not, however, get drunk from eating them.
Potatoes received quite a lot of bad press, due to our switch from high carb low fat diets to high fat low carb diets. But the truth is that they have a whole bunch of nutritional value. In fact, people can healthily survive on a diet of milk and potatoes….not that I recommend that.
I have always loved potatoes and have a hard time imagining not wanting to eat them. But, my oldest will only eat them as fries or tots…so I know there are some people out there who haven’t fully embraced the many ways to enjoy them.
you stay away from the spud, here’s a potato
adoption strategy to help you embrace its earthy goodness!
Ten Steps to Becoming a Potato Lover:
1) If you have never grown potatoes, you will be surprised at the large variety of types to plant.
2) Each variety has a different flavor and texture. Experiment and find out which works best in each recipe.
3) Potatoes are an early planting crop…spring is on its way!
4) As the plants start to sprout, take a minute to admire their beautiful foliage. Some have leaves that look like tomatoes, others have leaves that are broad and a bit wrinkly.
5) Potatoes can have beautiful and very fragrant flowers. Be sure to enjoy the ornamental benefits of your spuds.
6) These gorgeous tubers are incredibly nutritious…don’t believe the urban legends that they have limited nutritional value.
7) Potatoes can be harvested as the plant is growing, just remove some of the compost and straw, take a few potatoes and cover up again.
8) They can be prepared in so many ways…but the easiest is to wash and cube the spud and place it on a baking sheet. Add olive oil, flaky sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Roast at 400° for 30-45 minutes.
9) Try at least three times to give yourself a chance to really enjoy…add a different spice like smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder or grill seasoning each time.
10) Slowly try new cooking methods. I love to make hash browns by grating, adding salt and pepper and frying in vegetable oil in a hot skillet.
**Now you can purchase Growing, Preparing and Preserving Potatoes as an ebook for only $2.99. Head over to Amazon and download it to your ereader or tablet device pronto.
More about the book:
Potatoes received quite a lot of bad press, during our switch from high
carb low fat diets to high fat low carb diets. But the truth is that
they have a whole bunch of nutritional value. Learn how to grow these
tasty tubers with guidance from one of America's hottest new gardening
Growing, Preparing and Storing Potatoes is full of great garden knowledge, as well as recipes to tantalize your taste buds. Plus, it's written in a portable format, so download it on your smart phone, tablet or ereader and take it out to the garden (or to the grocery store) with you!