I'm sorry, but except for the spinach, the above picture is a gross adulteration of a wholesome food. Lay on the fat, boys. Keep America crackin. And by that I mean butt crackin, belly rolling, arm flapping...you know...fat!
If I had not tasted all the amazing and delicious stuff that can be made out of potatoes, maybe. But that I have, it is such a torture to even imagine that. Aww...you make me crave for my favorite baked potato skins au gratin.
Without potatoes would be like the Great Famine and we'd get an Influx of Irish immigrants who go for a Gold Rush, paving the way for a new gold standard and fixing the economy so that we can then produce more potatoes( Monsanto laced version ) ... just kidding.. but on a serious note did you know potatoes have high nicotine content( nicotanamides). They fall under the category 'Nightshade' plants which can be detrimental to those who are sensitive to nicotinamides. I happen to be one. hate it to because mash potatoes w lots'obutter are sooo dang good!
Absolutely true, and great you have shared the info on them being in the 'Nightshade' family here. Can I add to this in a small way by warning people not to feed potatoes, cooked or otherwise, to their dogs. These are not at all good for dogs and are a definite no no, but so many owners still give their dogs potato in many forms, roast, fries/chips, crisps etc.
Mel - This is interesting information. Nicotine is a poisonous alkaloid (used at one time as an insecticide). Nicotinamide is an amide of the vitamin B complex. So, as you said, dogs may be suceptible because of the way they metabolize nicotinic acid (nicotinamide). Probably most humans don't need to worry about eating potatoes because their body metabolizes properly, and are not getting the 'nicotine' found in cigarettes, which is a molecularly changed substance that changes brain receptor structure.
Yes, tobacco is a nightshade plant. So is belladonna, opium poppy, tomato and eggplant. Crazy that some are beneficial and some are strictly to be used for 'medicinal' purposes.
My mom is also a potato lover and she is absolutely crazy for french fries. I must confess I really don’t get the enthusiasm for potatoes; they are one of the not so healthy food that I never eat without a problem. They are completely out of my dietary program and I don’t miss them at all.
Yet potatoes are a relatively recent arrival in the Americas! And Europe for that matter. I did a lot of research on the humble potato recently, but didn't write a hub on it because those who have already have done a great job.
Google it and see! No Quack it, sorry forgot I was on a mission...
The potato is the most versatile vegetable we have in the kitchen. I wrote a hub on that, but don't go looking because it is lost in the annals of self-written hubs.
It's not the healthiest vegetable to diet on. Then again, if you are skint, a bag of potatoes can keep you and your family going
We lived in Ireland for a while and we were afraid to buy the "digestive biscuits" because we figured they might be some sort of Ex-Lax product. As it turns out, they were just cookies. I think it took us about six months before we were brave enough to try them!
We shopped for pancakes on the foreign food aisle, along with peanut butter. If we asked for "waffles," we were directed to the frozen food aisle with bags of potato (hash-brown style) waffles.
I have never had better chips than the ones we ate in Ireland. Just divine. Though my husband likes the malt vinegar dumped on them, and I never learned to like that flavor.
If humans never know potato or potato food until today, the world is still what it is like now, which is like that probably another amazing food exists on the earth, but humans haven't known it yet. However, potato has become a part in ordinary life, so the life without it must be like a round moon with a little tiny piece of cut. Anyone, whether like it or not, would feel uncomfortable on some level, because it is unlikely to clear it out from the mind.
It is hard to imagine a meal without potatoes. Chips, mashed potatoes, roast, baked, French fries, are so much a part of out diet, to make it impossible to imagine food without them. The New World has provided us with so much which we now take for granted.