The potato is the earliest domesticated vegetable known to man and was a prominent food source throughout history, sometimes without the option of a substitute.
The root vegetable originated 8000 years ago in the regions of current-day Bolivia and Peru, per BBC. Since then, it spread and featured in some of history’s landmarks, like when Frederick the Great forced it on peasants in the early 1700s, per The Lit and Phil. Queen Marie Antoinette is known to have started a trend in fashion circles when she wore potato blossoms in her hair, per Nobility, and made history again when it became the first vegetable cultivated in space, per AndNowUKnow. Today, 125 countries produce potatoes, as well as all 50 states in the U.S., per Idaho Potato Museum, cultivate the vegetable to feed the average American, who eats up to 124 pounds of potatoes yearly.
According to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, potatoes belong to the nightshade family and contain vitamin C, B6, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, and pantothenic acid, which all assist with body functions, per Livescience. Be that as it may, this popular all-purpose vegetable is relatively high in carbs and calories that lead to sugar spikes, per Better Nutrition. Should this drive you to replace your potato recipes, you will not be the first: people have been substituting it for a while, making it easier for us to find ten healthy replacements for the world’s first domesticated vegetable.