Just some facts and statistics for you, about the MARVELOUS POTATO!
300,000 acres of Idaho potatoes,
and 165,000 acres of Washington potatoes,
are harvested each year
Approximately 6% are niche varieties such as
golds, reds, fingerlings and more
The average American eats approximately
110 pounds of potatoes each year!
America’s favorite vegetables are potatoes at 26%,
followed by corn at 19% and then broccoli at 17% of all vegetables consumed
New York state eats the most potatoes,
followed by Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas.
62% of Idaho potatoes are used in
processed products – frozen and dehydrated
29% are fresh market
9% are grown for seed (for next year’s crop)
The Idaho potato industry contributes
$2.7 billion to Idaho’s economy and provides 30,000 jobs.
Finally, people the country over think that the “Idaho Potato Truck,” now beginning it’s
4th year of touring the United States, carries a real potato, and that the truck must be lost!
Thanks, America – keep eating potatoes!