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South Africa’s love affair with the humble spud: Countdown to National Potato Day

South Africa is gearing up for a grand celebration on Saturday, 19th August, as the nation pays homage to one of its most cherished vegetables: the potato. Potatoes South Africa says in a news release that while potatoes are a staple in many households, the upcoming National Potato Day elevates this humble tuber to a place of honor, celebrating its culinary, nutritional, and cultural significance.

The Year-Round Staple

Potatoes have long been a cornerstone of the South African diet, providing an affordable and energy-rich source of sustenance. Remarkably, South Africa is among the few nations that cultivate potatoes throughout the year, ensuring a constant supply of this beloved vegetable. But what makes the potato so special?

Potato: A Culinary Delight

‘Astonishingly Big Ranch Breakfast’ recipe. Credit Potato Nation

For starters, if one were to find themselves stranded on a desert island with only potatoes for company, survival would be a real possibility. This is due to the potato’s impressive nutritional profile.

A medium-sized potato, with its skin, boasts more potassium than a banana and is rich in essential nutrients like chromium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, folate, and iron.

Furthermore, potatoes are a heart-healthy, gluten-free, and low-sodium food option that satiates the stomach.

Storing and Savoring the Spud

The versatility of the potato is another feather in its cap. Whether steamed, baked, boiled, or roasted, potatoes can be transformed into a myriad of dishes suitable for any occasion, from traditional family dinners to gourmet feasts. Their adaptability in the culinary world is truly unparalleled.

However, a little-known fact about potatoes is the nutritional value of their skin. Packed with vitamins and minerals, the skin of the potato also aids digestion. For those who relish baked potatoes with sour cream or potato skins loaded with cheese and bacon, retaining the skin is a tasty and nutritious choice.

Joining the Potato Festivities

Credit Potatoes South Africa (PSA)

As National Potato Day approaches, South Africans are encouraged to shine a spotlight on this versatile vegetable.

From hosting potato-centric barbecues to sharing nostalgic potato-related family stories on social media, there are numerous ways to join the festivities.

Creative enthusiasts can even indulge in potato art and crafts, carving stamps for a delightful painting session with children.

Giving Back with Potatoes

In the spirit of giving, consider volunteering or donating to NGOs like Food Forward, which redistributes surplus food to communities in need. This day also serves as a reminder to appreciate the tireless efforts of farmers and the potato industry, who play a pivotal role in ensuring food security in the nation.

For those eager to delve deeper into the world of potatoes, the Potato Nation website offers a treasure trove of information, from recipes to nutritional insights and exciting giveaways. To be a part of the potato journey in South Africa, from farm to table, visit Potato Nation.

Source: Potatoes South Africa (PSA)
Hanrie Greebe, Communications Manager, Potatoes South Africa
+27 076 116 7206

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