The fourth most important staple food, worldwide
Potatoes are satisfying, nourishing and healthy. They are 100% edible – even their skins can be eaten. Around four fifths of a potato is water and the remainder contains many important nutrients.
Potatoes are rich in vitamins, protein, carbohydrates and minerals, all of which we need to build bones and teeth, for blood vessel stability, for efficient metabolic functions and as a source of energy. Additionally, potatoes contain dietary fibre, positively influencing bowel activity and therefore also digestion. At the same time, a fresh unpeeled potato of 100g has an energy content of no more than 70 kilocalories.
The potato – an important tool for combating world hunger and poverty
At the beginning of the 21st century, potatoes have now become the fourth most important staple food worldwide, after rice, wheat and maize. While in many industrialised nations potato consumption has been declining for a number of years, the opposite trend can be observed in developing countries. The spud is on its way to becoming a real staple food of global importance. It helps to combat hunger and poverty in the areas in which it is cultivated.
This turns the business of ensuring an adequate nutrient supply to the soil into a major issue. Whilst potatoes have a very high potassium requirement, they also require magnesium, sulphur, phosphorus, boron and manganese in order to produce high-quality, abundant yields with good storage characteristics.