Potatoes are one of the most widely consumed foods in the world, largely due to their multiple possibilities and benefits. Originally from the Andes Mountains, in the 16th century this plant from the nightshade family reached Europe from South America via Spain, and today they are grown worldwide.
When potatoes were added to the Mediterranean diet, probably few people imagined the infinite uses this tuber would lend itself to. The first is culinary, because of its nutritional value and versatility. A healthy, balanced diet is the first step in having good health and an optimal appearance. For this reason, potatoes are a foodstuff that always has a place in every pantry.
Originally from the Andes Mountains, in the 16th century this plant from the nightshade family reached Europe from South America via Spain. Today they are grown worldwide and are used in cooking, health, cosmetics and industry
Potatoes are rich in vitamins and carbohydrates. With 300 grams, they supply one-fourth of an adult’s energy needs, depending on how they are cooked. What is more, they can be prepared a host of different ways. They can be boiled, fried, roasted, steamed or grilled. In addition to being a common garnish and ingredient in soups, purees, creams and salads, they are also used in desserts.
Thanks to their high starch content, potatoes have emollient properties. When cut in rounds, they can be used to soften the skin as well as to relieve tired eyes and diminish under-eye circles. Some people use them to care for their skin and even to make facial masks to treat acne. As a topical remedy, potatoes can also be applied on sprains, bruises and light burns, as well as to help wounds heal.
Potatoes are also known for their industrial uses. The starch in potatoes is needed by the pharmaceutical, textile, wood and paper industries. They are also used to make dishes, bags, utensils and other biodegradable products, as well as to produce fuels.