In 1837 Henry Spalding, a Presbyterian missionary planted the first potatoes in Lapwai, Idaho. Today, potatoes are grown on nearly 350,000 acres across southern and eastern parts of the state. If we had to eat all the potatoes grown in Idaho, every man, woman, and child would have to eat 55 potatoes every single day, all year long! Instead, Idaho potatoes are exported across the US and around the world.
Idaho Potatoes Cont.
With over a century of growing potatoes, Idaho continues to be the nation’s top producer since 1957. Idaho produces around 30% of all U.S. fall production each year. Idaho growing conditions give farmers an advantage. Warm days, cool nights, ample water supplies, and fertile volcanic soils are ideal for tuber sets, producing a potato with a high solid count- the secret behind fluffy bakers and firm french fries. While the russet is the most well-known of the famous Idaho Potatoes, Idaho also grows more than 25 other varieties including Yukon Golds, Reds, and Fingerlings. Potatoes are harvested in the fall but available year-round in grocery stores and restaurants.