The potato is a root vegetable native to the Americas, a starchy tuber of the plant Solanum tuberosum, and the plant itself is a perennial in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Wild potato species, originating in modern-day Peru, can be found throughout the Americas, from the United States to southern Chile. 



A medium 5.3 oz skin on potato contains 27 mg of Vitamin C, which is 30% of the daily value. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for humans. Vitamin C is found naturally only in fruits and vegetables. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and contribute significantly to the daily vitamin C requirements for Americans. 



Potatoes are a versatile root vegetable and a staple food in many households. They are an underground tuber that grows on the roots of the Solanum tuberosum plantPotatoes are relatively cheap, easy to grow and packed with a variety of nutrients. 



Store potatoes in a cool, well-ventilated place. Keep potatoes out of the light. Colder temperatures lower than 50 degrees, such as in the refrigerator, cause a potato’s starch to convert to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration when cooked.


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