What Makes Canadian Potatoes a Powerhouse?
They are a staple in Canadian cupboards for many good reasons: potatoes are packed with nutrients.
- One potato with skin is equal to a cup of spinach in iron content, and has as much potassium as an average-sized banana.
- Canada's coloured potatoes, in hearty rich shades of red and purple, have disease-fighting power and mighty antioxidants.
Canadian potatoes really stand up to the nutrition test, but they aren't just a dietary powerhouse, they are also incredibly diverse. You can find potato products in places you might not expect, including garbage bags! Researchers at the Guelph Research and Development Centre and Hamilton's McMaster University are working hard to improve the process for making biodegradable bioplastic from potato starch.
- The potato is the top vegetable crop grown in Canada, with production reaching 4,770,521 tonnes in 2016.
- Horticulture, which includes the production of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, ginseng, herbs and spices, maple and honey, accounts for 14% of Canada's total farm gate value, which translates to more than $8 billion per year.
- New Brunswick growers planted over 48,000 acres of potatoes in 2017.
More facts in a snapshot
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