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Potato Queen

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The British potato Queen has been cultivated in Britain since the 17th century, when it was first introduced by Sir John Harrington. It is now grown commercially on over 100 farms across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

A new breed of potato queen could help feed the world.

In recent years, scientists have developed a new type of potato called ‘NewLeaf’. This variety is resistant to diseases such as late blight, which affects other varieties. NewLeaf also produces more starch than other varieties, making it easier to store and transport.

Why we need to eat more potatoes.

Potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals. They contain potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, vitamin C, folate and dietary fibre.

The rise of the potato chip.

In the UK, the potato industry has undergone significant changes in recent years. From the late 1990s onwards, there was a shift away from traditional varieties towards new ones such as Russet Burbank and Atlantic. This trend continued into the 21st century with the introduction of new varieties such as Maris Piper, King Edward and Desiree.

The future of potatoes.

As well as changing consumer preferences, the market has also changed. With more people eating out at restaurants and cafes, the demand for fresh produce has increased. This means that growers need to find ways to meet these growing needs while maintaining quality standards.

Why has the potato become so important?

In the past, potatoes were primarily for food. However, today they are an essential part of our diet. They provide us with energy, vitamins, minerals, fibre, and protein. They are also a good source of carbohydrates, making them ideal for those who exercise regularly.

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