The 29th of January is Potato Day UK.
Potato Day started in 1994. In the UK, it is sponsored by the HDRA organic association and by the grocery store chain, Waitrose.
Talks are given about potatoes, and gardening. At some places in the UK, a greater variety of potatoes are for sale at markets and stores than you might normally see on offer.
Other Potato Days around the world:
- Many groups in the UK now hold a potato day at varying times throughout the first part of the year.
- Rossinver, Country Leitrim, Ireland, holds its Potato Day in March;
- In Peru, National Potato Day falls on the 30th May, sponsored by the International Potato Centre (CIP) in Lima;
- Potato Day in the United States is the 19th of August.
Activities for today
- If you have a home garden, buy rare varieties of seed potato to grow at home;
- if you have children, you can help them make potato stamps for art work;
- you can make potato pancakes, even a potato cake.
Or, you could deem today to be Couch Potato Day, and just read about potatoes here on CooksInfo, where we have over 700 varieties listed and described. For instance, did you know, the two potato varieties which collapsed in the face of virus and caused the Irish potato famine were “Magnum Bonum” and “Champion“?