Wow! I didn’t know that…
The Inca measurement of time was based on how long it took to boil a potato. In 200 BC, Peru’s Inca Indians valued potatoes as a measure of time, as well as a food.
If you want to grow potatoes for their jackets, choose the best three for this purpose: ‘Maris Piper’ (below right), ‘Cara’ (above right) and ‘Desiree’ (above left).
The Estonian Liquor Monopoly has marketed a 98%-proof alcohol distilled from potatoes. Called ‘Fat Margaret’ (see picture below left), it is considered one of the most alcoholic drinks ever produced.
Potatoes can commit suicide. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, Germany, have genetically engineered potatoes that commit suicide if they become infected by disease. This prevents spread of the disease, thus reducing the need for pesticides.
Potatoes have two more chromosomes than a human: they have 48 chromosomes, while humans have just 46. Incidentally, gorillas have the same number of chromosomes as potatoes, and so do beavers, chimpanzees, deer, mice – and tobacco.