I love spuds...or potatoes...or taters...or any OTHER name you give 'em!! Potatoes have to be the most versatile vegetable ever discovered, not only in name, but in culinary usage. They can be a main dish, side dish...even dessert (ever hear of potato candy?). Definitely tops the YUMMY list!!
Yes, the whole world loves potatoes. Did you know that, on average, each of us consumes 73 lbs of potatoes EACH year? I'm talking world-wide!! Yet, for all it's popularity, it's relatively new on the culinary front. Potatoes came from Peru about 4 centuries ago (they were cultivated there for centuries before that), and yet since then, they have been cultivated into over 5000 varieties (9 known species)!! I'd say that's not too shabby for a little nub growing in the ground!! What's really surprising is, considering their popularity here in the US, we didn't get them direct from South America...they came to us via Europe!! In fact, the Irish loved them so much that they were used as currency!!