Friday, March 31, 2017
National Tater Day is observed annually on March 31. This day is set aside to celebrate the potato that is loved by almost everyone and provides us with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.
There are numerous ways to fix and enjoy the potato:
Baked – Boiled – Steamed – Roasted – Mashed – Fried – Grilled – Scalloped – French Fries – Cottage Fries – Hash Browns – In Stew – In Soup – Potato Salad – Potato Dumplings – Potato Pancakes – Anyway You Like Them!!
This day may have originally had a different meaning. At the beginning of April, there is a celebration of the sweet potato (Tater Day) in parts of Kentucky. Sweet potatoes are one of the main cash crops in that area. Tater Day started way back in the early 1840s with the trading and selling of sweet potatoes. It is the oldest continuous trade day in the United States.
Worldwide, there are more than four thousand potato varieties.
Since the time potatoes were shipped from Europe to the colonies in the early 17th century, their consumption has been a major part of the North American diet. In the United States, there are over 100 varieties of potatoes.
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HOW TO OBSERVE
Have your potato, tater or spud the way you like it. Use #NationalTaterDay to post on social media.
Try these great potato recipes:
Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
How to Make Twice-Baked Potatoes
How to Make Au Gratin Potatoes
The origin of this day may be the Kentucky celebrated Tater Day. However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Tater Day.