Yesterday I... waived farewell to these little guys
Posted on 10th April 2020 at 19:04
Thanks to the ketogenic diet and other low-carb eating plans, potatoes have been getting a bad reputation lately. But do they deserve it when the fact is they have a pretty stellar nutritional profile?
One large, raw potato also has nine grams of fibre, 1502 mg of potassium (three times as much as what you’d get in a banana) and 34 mg of vitamin C. Yes, vitamin C, the stuff you find in citrus fruits. And whilst vitamin C is unlikely to ward off the Coronavirus, the body relies on it to launch an effective immune response while sustaining minimal damage. In other words it’s an antioxidant that works in the body to minimise infections, but the body doesn’t make vitamin C so it has to be obtained through the diet. Your everyday white potatoes also contain magnesium, vitamin B6, phosphorus, niacin, and folate, all of which are important in a healthy diet.
Unprocessed carbohydrates are vital in moderation for energy and mental health and how you prepare your potatoes to get the best nutritional value is key. Most of their nutrients are in or just under the skin and adding a healthy fat such as butter or olive oil leads to a slower release of their natural sugar and a better absorption of their vitamins. A medium-sized baked potato can therefore make a cheap and very nutritious meal.
Easter is the traditional time to get seed potatoes in the ground. From then on, depending on their type – salad, first early, second early or maincrop, the time from planting until harvest varies between 12 – 20 weeks. They may be cheap to buy in the shops but nothing beats a home grown spud.
Yesterday I… waived farewell to these little guys. Yesterday I planted seed potatoes.
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