Did You Know?
Potatoes were the first vegetable to be grown in space.
Brief history of Potato
In October 1995, NASA and a university in the US collaborated to help grow the very first veggie in space – a potato! Potato, (Solanum tuberosum), annual plant in the nightshade family (Solanaceae), grown for its starchy edible tubers. The potato is native to the Peruvian-Bolivian Andes and is one of the world’s main food crops. Potatoes are frequently served whole or mashed as a cooked vegetable and are also ground into potato flour, used in baking and as a thickener for sauces. The tubers are highly digestible and supply vitamin C, protein, thiamin, and niacin.