National Potato Day celebrates the potato and its role in international cuisine

National Potato Day celebrates the potato and its role in international cuisine

Potatoes can carry so many flavours and are used in virtually every culture

Ireland’s love affair with the potato is as strong as ever, with Irish households set to work their way through an estimated 117 million packs of potatoes this year.

The great taste of one of the nation’s favourite foods will be celebrated this Friday (7th October) through National Potato Day, which highlights the versatility of the popular vegetable.

Research shows that the potato is still Ireland’s most popular main meal carb, in fact:

  • Potatoes are purchased every two seconds in Irish retailers
  • 97% of Irish families buy potatoes
  • An estimated 1.65 million households purchase potatoes annually
  • This year, it is expected that we’ll spend in the region of €201 million on potatoes!
  • On average, we buy them 37 times a year
  • The most popular potato variety is the Rooster, making up 58% of sales.

There are many factors that make the potato so popular – they are naturally fat, salt and gluten free, perfect for health-conscious people, but also truly international as they can be used in almost every type of cuisine. Despite this, ambassador chef Mark Moriarty thinks Irish people are still a bit conservative when it comes to cooking potatoes and urges us to try adding them to any Thai, Caribbean and Mexican dishes for a taste of something new.

Check out the quick, simple but adventurous recipes we have available on the www.potato.ie website for some dinner inspiration tonight and enjoy us in celebrating National Potato Day!

Atlantic Coast Seafood Chowder

This warming, golden chowder is filled with delicious prawns, mussels and squid. It's super quick to make and sure to warm your cockles!

  • Prep in: 5 mins
  • Cook in: 15 mins

Jamaican Jerk Haddock, Prawn and Potato cakes

Giving a Jamaican twist on a classic potato cake recipe helps gives this recipe a bit of a kick for spice lovers!

  • Cook in: 30 minutes (total) mins

Spanish Tortilla with Paprika and Parsley

Looking for an easy Spanish tortilla recipe? Perfect for a healthy lunch to take into work or with a salad at dinner.

  • Cook in: 25 minutes (total) mins