2008 was the International Year of the Potato
2. The First Food Grown in Space
In 1995 potatoes were taken into space on the shuttle Columbia, marking the first time food has been grown in space.
3. The Biggest Potato
World's biggest potato weighed in at 18 pounds and 4 ounces (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) which is enough to make 72 medium portions of McDonalds fries!
4. A Royal Fashion Accessory
Marie Antoinette was known to wear potato blossoms with her outfits.
5. Potatoes can be Poisonous
The plant contains the toxic compound glycoalkaloids in the stem and leaves. When the potato turns green this is a result of a high concentration of the glycoalkaloid poison. Don't worry though, being poisoned by potatoes is very, very rare!
So bake them, fry them, boil them or mash them, but whichever way you like your potatoes, enjoy them this weekend! It is what St Patrick would have wanted.