When you think of Idaho, does the word “potato” come to mind? Well, it will after you read this.
The potato industry made its way to the United States in 1719. Since then, it has grown exponentially, eventually leading to the establishment of the Idaho Potato Commission. The IPC’s main objective is the promotion of the Idaho potato, otherwise marketed as premium potato. With mass production came increased demand. More specifically, since 2000, there have been over 1 million acres planted and harvested each year.
As the leading state in potato production, Idaho records an annual amount of 130 million cwt (hundredweight). This contributes up to $2.5 billion of Idaho’s gross state product. Where the russet potato is among the most commonly harvested in Idaho, the state is also home to the production of 25 different kinds of potatoes, including Yukon Golds, Fingerlings, and more. Interestingly enough, 60% of their entire production is actually processed into frozen foods, chips, and starch.
We hope you’re sitting down because this next fun fact is a hard-hitter. Did you know that most people consume 55 kg of potatoes each year? That translates to 121 pounds! This is an estimation, of course, but that’s a whole lot of potato finding its way onto your plate! When things like poutine and Shephard’s Pie exist, it’s a little more than hard to resist…wouldn’t you agree?