National Tater Day 2023: We adore potatoes so much, and on March 31, National Tater Day, you can guarantee we’ll be ready! Whether you bake, boil, sauté, or mash potatoes, they will always taste divine. Due to their adaptability, potatoes are ideal for both savoury and sweet dishes, either enhancing the flavour of a dish or complementing the surrounding flavours. This tubular vegetable has been credited with solving food shortages in both ancient and modern times. However, the vegetable also has its share of negative reputation. During a particularly severe food shortage, Germans refused to consume the potatoes that their monarch had provided in abundance. At the time, Germans considered this cuisine to be beneath their gastronomic desires.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL TATER DAY
Approximately 350 million years ago, the beloved potato evolved from the nightingale plant. However, its earliest recorded occurrence in history occurred much later. In the Peruvian Andes, potatoes were first cultivated for human consumption. Due to the fact that potatoes thrived best at higher altitudes, the majority of the crops were planted atop a mountain valley near Lake Titicaca. Due to their minimal maintenance requirements and high nutritional value, potatoes grew in popularity and commerce over the centuries.
Due to the low-maintenance nature of the tubular vegetable, it was being planted on an increasing number of acres of land. This resulted in more food for people in the long run, which is why rulers and nobles used potatoes to alleviate food shortages among the masses. A fascinating example is Prussia in the eighteenth century. As a preventative measure against famine, King Frederick the Great ordered that potatoes be distributed to the populace, particularly the impoverished. However, many denied the food because they found potatoes repulsive. As a result, the king devised a plan and ordered the potato fields to be cordoned off and labelled as ‘food for the royals.’ However, people quickly “stole” the potatoes for their own consumption. The king’s plan was successful, and the populace was fed.
Since 1843, people have celebrated National Tater Day. This is a relatively recent event in the history of potatoes. Traders would come and exchange products, specifically potato slips, which allowed them to purchase and cultivate the plant. This is the earliest known and celebrated trade convention ever. Despite its fair share of ups and downs, the potato is adored and relished by many people today.
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National Potato Day Events
Dig into some delectable sweet potatoes
National Tater Day originally celebrated sweet potatoes, and the 1843 trading convention centred on this specific variety. Throughout the years, however, the term “tater,” which was originally reserved for sweet potatoes, has expanded to include and celebrate all varieties of potatoes. But, returning to the origins, sweet potatoes should be given the attention and fanfare they deserve, as it is because of them that we can now celebrate all varieties of potatoes.
Try unfamiliar dishes
When we say there are an abundance of delicious potato recipes, we mean it. This versatile vegetable has a special place in many cultures around the globe, so you will never tyre of experimenting with new recipes. Grill it, caramelise it, or add it to broth – the possibilities are endless.
Have some excess potatoes in your possession? Want more affection in your life? Donate them to family, acquaintances, and those in need. This is one lesson that potatoes have imparted throughout history: never waste food.
FIVE TATER TOTS FACTS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
Tater tots manufactured from leftovers
The invention of tater tots was motivated by the desire to avoid wasting the excessive amount of french fry remnants that were being discarded.
Americans have a large appetite for potato tots.
According to estimates, Americans ingest over 70 million pounds of tater tots annually.
Name the Tater Tots Contest
When tater tots were created, a contest was held to determine their name, and Clora Orton’s suggestion prevailed.
Homemade potato chips are not trendy.
This is why homemade tater tots typically do not taste as good as their store-bought counterparts: they undergo a rigorous 12-step procedure using industrial equipment.
There are various names for children.
Tater tots are also known as ‘potato gems,’ ‘potato royals,’ and’spud pups.’
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