National Potato Day - Why we love the spud!

Potatoes are versatile little things with a whole heap of qualities locked into their flesh and skins, this is why they have become closely attached to Ireland’s culture and still stand as a nationwide favourite today. National Potato Day is an annual celebration which has been running since 2011, designed to encourage the Irish nation to come together in appreciation for the humble spud.

Friday 7th October marks National Potato Day in Ireland so be sure to get involved in the frivolities in whichever way you can, whether it be attending events or cooking up your favourite potato dishes. Be sure to keep a weather eye on Potato.ie where new ambassador Mark Moriarty, a prize-winning chef will be joining Aoife Hearne to back "Potatoes: More Than A Bit On The Side" campaign. Additionally, a fantastic event is taking place at Newbridge House & Farm run by Keogh’s farm and Country Crest on Saturday 8th October where you can expect a whole host of family activities.

Here are a bunch of reasons why potatoes are the nation's favourite food!

They transcend time and space

It may sound crazy but it’s true. Potatoes can be eaten at any time of the day, perfect at breakfast, lunch, dinner or as an intervening snack. Is there anything better than a hash brown in your breakfast served alongside your beans, sausages and eggs? Or a snack on a jacket potato filled with your favourite toppings? Or perhaps a smooth creamy mash set alongside some glorious sausages? Try it yourself by trialling some of potato.ie’s awesome recipes here.

Fun fact: 20 years ago some potato seeds were taken into space by a Columbian space shuttle where the seeds bloomed in orbit – this makes potatoes the first vegetable to be successfully grown in space. 

They’re brilliantly versatile

Potatoes are one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. They can be used in the context of an infinite style of dishes. Not only do they settle well in a variety of home turf recipes but they also come to life under an international influence. They’re used extensively in Indian, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine, you’ll be able to find a whole range of methods in our huge recipe archive – why not start with this Thai Chicken and Potato Curry recipe?

They’re fantastically healthy  

The dense nutrition of potatoes contributes to a number of our essential bodily functions, including normal muscle function, normal functioning of the nervous system and maintenance of normal blood pressure. They all contain a significant amount of vitamins, potassium and folate. To find out more on their fantastic nutrition head over to the potato.ie health section.

They’re incredibly cheap  

The humble price of the spud allows people to stock up on a whole bunch at one time. Luckily they are not at all repetitious in the culinary scope they offer, you’ll find they seep into a whole host of meals from the likes of curries, brunches as well as more exotic dishes.  Fortunately, you’ll be able to keep track of your spud expenses with our handy ‘cost per serving’ feature accompanying our recipes.

They’re naturally gluten free!

That’s right, potatoes are completely gluten free meaning they are an excellent resource for coeliacs or for those looking to cut gluten out of their diet. Obviously, the presence of other ingredients in a meal can alter the gluten contents which is why potato.ie have created a wealth of gluten-free recipes offering delightful tastes and variety. 

Gluten-free goodness

Did you know potatoes are naturally gluten-free? We recognise that it's an important aspect of some people's diets, so we've selected a range of our favourite gluten-free recipes.

Hitting the perfect spot between fries and roast potatoes, wedges are a great accompanying dish to a main meal but also works on its own as a fulfilling portion of taste and spud satisfaction. The key notes to hit when cooking up wedges is a good standard of softness and crispiness at the same time. Achieve this with the following hints and tips on spud greatness!