The USDA/HHS Dietary Guidelines are here...

...And they are good news for potatoes!

The new dietary guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide Americans with important recommendations on food sources that include essential vitamins and nutrients necessary for a healthy diet.

     
  Potatoes contain many of the essential nutrients that the dietary guidelines recommend Americans increase in their diet. Potatoes eaten with the skin provide nearly half of the Daily Value for vitamin C and are one of the best sources of potassium and fiber. One medium-sized potato has 100 calories and provides complex carbohydrates needed to fuel our brains and bodies, giving us the energy we need for a busy lifestyle.
 
     
            Storage:
  • Fresh Washington potatoes will keep longest when stored in a cool, dry, dark area with good ventilation.
     
  • Ideally, storage areas should range between 42-48 F. Warmer temperatures encourage sprouting and shriveling. Cooler temperatures can alter the taste and cooking properties of a potato.

     
  • Never freeze a potato. Fresh potatoes will not cook well and are susceptible to injury when they have been frozen.

     
  • Avoid placing potatoes in direct light. This prevents greening discoloration to the potato skin which makes them inedible.

    Washing:
     
  • Scrub your potatoes with warm water. Do not use soap. Without breaking the skin.

     
  • As an alternative, you may place potatoes flat in dish racks and run them through a soapless dishwasher.
 
 

 

 
 

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