Potatoes are used to make so many things I don’t even know where to start. But what it does mean is potatoes are grown all over the world, all year round. But which countries produce the most potatoes? Let’s find out…
10 – Poland – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 6,334,200)
Wiki Info: This potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade Solanum tuberosum. The word “potato” may refer either to the plant itself or to the edible tuber.
9 – Netherlands – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 6,801,000)
Wiki Info: In the Andes, where the species is indigenous, there are some other closely related cultivated potato species. Potatoes were introduced outside the Andes region approximately four centuries ago and have since become an integral part of much of the world’s food supply.
8 – France – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 6,975,000)
Wiki Info: It is the world’s fourth-largest food crop, following maize, wheat, and rice The green leaves and green skins of tubers exposed to the light are toxic.
7 – Bangladesh – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 8,603,000)
Wiki Info: The English word potato comes from Spanish patata (the name used in Spain). The Spanish Royal Academy says the Spanish word is a compound of the Taíno batata and the Quechua papa (potato).
6 – Germany – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 9,669,700)
Wiki Info: There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.
5 – United States – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 19,843,900)
Wiki Info: Wild potato species can be found throughout the Americas from the United States to southern Chile.
4 – Ukraine – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 22,258,600)
Wiki Info: After flowering, potato plants produce small green fruits that resemble green cherry tomatoes, each containing about 300 seeds. Like all parts of the plant except the tubers, the fruit contain the toxic alkaloid solanine and are therefore unsuitable for consumption.
3 – Russia – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 30,199,100)
Wiki Info: The name potato originally referred to a type of sweet potato although the two plants are not closely related; in many of the chronicles detailing agriculture and plants, no distinction is made between the two.
2 – India – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 45,343,600)
Wiki Info: Potato plants are herbaceous perennials that grow about 60 cm (24 in) high, depending on variety, with the leaves dying back after flowering, fruiting and tuber formation. They bear white, pink, red, blue, or purple flowers with yellow stamens.
1 – China – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 95,987,500)
Wiki Info: As of 2007 China led the world in potato production, and nearly a third of the world’s potatoes were harvested in China and India