OLD FASHIONED POTATO SALAD FOR THE PICNIC

24 Jun

 

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Okay , So everyone has their own version of this recipe . Some are passed down from Gramma and some you just saw in a cool new foodie magazine.

Well, this is my favorite and I haven’t got any complaints yet.

 

But first Boys and Girls gather round while I tell you the tale of the

Solanum tuberosum

That’s latin for POTATO  , of course.

Potato is widely cultivated for its edible tubers, which are used to produce a variety of products including chips, crisps and vodka.
 The diverse and adaptable tubers are boiled, roasted, baked, fried and steamed as a vegetable. Potatoes are a key ingredient in many soups, stews, pies and other oven-baked dishes.
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The potato was not popular in Europe for some time for various reasons. These include the fact that the potato is not mentioned in the Bible, and it erroneously thought that potaoes caused disease such as leoprosy, and it is related to the deadly nightshade family (Solanaceae), which also includes tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), aubergine or eggplant (S. melongena), chilli pepper (Capsicum annuum) and petunias (Petunia species).
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Potatoes have more potassium than a banana ( 21% of the recommended intake )  more vitamin C than an Orange ( 45% of recommended intake ) and more fiber than an apple.    And yet a ptato has only 100 calories.
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The high calorie perception of potatoes is because of all the butter and sour cream you pile on  pot99
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 About 20% of potato nutrition is found in the skin;   the majority is in the flesh.   But keeping the skin on for potato salad means you’ll get all the great nutrients!

In fact, the potato is so rich in Vitamin C that during the Klondike gold rush of 1897, it wasn’t uncommon for miners to straight up trade potatoes for lumps of gold.

All green parts of the plant, including tubers, that have been exposed to light contain poisonous glycoalkaloids (solanines), so tubers with green patches should not be eaten   gb

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You can eat the rest of them

Red , White Yellow , golden        pot66

and even purple   pot8

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Oh !!! Did I forget to tell you they can also be used as BATTERIES    ,  although they may , or may  not fit in your TV remote.

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The labeled diagram and balanced ionic equation below shows the reaction, the materials, necessary to make a “potato clock” battery.

potato-clock

This is why it works of course          Zn(s)  +  2H+(aq) —–>   Zn2+(aq)  + H2 (g)      simple ,  you remember from high school chemistry ,

 

Right ?

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The largest potato ever weighed 18 pounds, 4 ounces and was grown in England in 1795.   pot3

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The Potato was grown successfully in outer space on the space shuttle Columbia in 1995

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Potatoes were also the foodstuff of choice for discerning sailors and pirates during long trips at sea.

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When  properly stored ,  a raw potato could conceivably last about 12 months before it went bad, which may not sound like long until you realize that we’re talking about a raw potato here.

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music     Bob Dylan’s song ‘Blowing in the Wind’ was initially about the disease potato blight, the spores of which are spread by the wind.  Dylan was a keen urban gardener, and grew prolific yields on the balcony of his New York apartment.

 

So I think that covers just about all things potato you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

Onto the salad                  pot5

 

 

5 potatoes  diced and boiled  —

Yes  , I leave the skins on more nutrition ( see article above )

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 carrot – grated
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish 
  •   rel2

 

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