Today, August 19th, is National Potato Day! What better way to celebrate than to talk about all things potato! Whether baked, fried, or mashed, potatoes are a staple in many households.

What kind of potatoes do you buy most often and what’s your favorite way to prepare them? Let me know in the comment section below!

Tater Facts

Check out these “a-peeling” potato fun facts and tips from

– Potatoes are grown in all 50 U.S. states and in about 125 countries throughout the world.

– The sweet potato belongs in the same family as morning glories, while the white potato belongs to the same group as tomatoes, tobacco, chili pepper, eggplant and the petunia.

– The potato is about 80% water and 20% solids.

– An 8-ounce baked or boiled potato has only about 100 calories.

– The average American eats about 124 pounds of potatoes per year, while Germans eat about twice as much.

– In 1974, an Englishman named Eric Jenkins grew 370 pounds of potatoes from one plant.

– Thomas Jefferson gets the credit for introducing “french fries” to America when he served them at a White House dinner.

– In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.

Tater Tips

How to Select Potatoes – Select loose potatoes that are well formed, smooth, firm, with eyes, and no discoloration, cracks, bruises or soft spots.

How to Store Potatoes – Don’t wash your potato before storing. Washing speeds decay. Potatoes can be safely stored in a dry, dark place for three months at 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tater Data

Here’s a mash up of NCP panel member data about potato purchases:

NCP panel members reported 381,000 barcode scans for potatoes in the past 12 months!

The most popular fresh vegetables (UPC barcoded) purchased by panel members in the past 12 months were:






In what months did panel members spend the most dollars on potatoes in the past 12 months?

1. November

2. March

3. April

4. December

5. January

(On a side note, panel members spent the least on potatoes in August.)

The states where the most dollars on average were reported by panel members for potato purchases in the past 12 months were:

1. Rhode Island

2. Maine

3. Vermont

4. Massachusetts

5. Pennsylvania

Interesting, right? NCP panel members represent consumers all across the country by sharing their shopping experiences and opinions. If you’re not a panel member and interested in joining NCP to share your shopping experiences, earn great rewards, and influence what you see on store shelves, click here or go to the Join NCP section of the blog!

Panel Members: Please report all of your potato purchases, with and without barcodes. Use the Non-Barcoded Items list in the NCMobile app for your non-barcoded (loose) potato purchases (or refer to the Barcode Reference Booklet if you use NCP’s handheld scanner).

Just for fun: What do you call a potato at a football game? A spec-tater!

Enjoy the weekend!



Homemade Roasted Herb Red Potatoes

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