The amazing spud

by chuckofish

Did you know that on this day in 1820 the first potatoes were planted in Hawaii? As fun facts to know and tell it will probably only come in handy on crossword puzzles (and I’ve been doing a lot of crossword puzzles lately so I should now), but when you think about it, it seems a worthy cause for celebration. After all, where would we be without this versatile starch?

Potatoes come in all sorts of colors.

Not only can you eat them, but you can make everything from ammo

to art

and even moonshine out of them.

Potatoes have many household uses. They are good rust removers (see #4),  and you can also use them to start rose cuttings.

They are reputed to have healing properties and make good beauty masks.

All that and more from just one little pomme de terre! As A.A. Milne’s once commented, “if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”Hear, hear!

Don’t forget to toast the Hawaiian potato crop tonight…

Note: all photos gathered from Google Image.