What happened to potatoes? Once upon a time, the good old baked potato was considered a healthy side dish at home and in restaurants. But when starchy vegetables got the cold shoulder from low-carb fans and the “eat the colors of the rainbow” nutrition mantra took off, potato’s health-food status undeservedly diminished.
What we’ve always known about potatoes: One medium cooked potato with the skin on provides 13 percent of the recommended daily value for fiber, 24 percent for vitamin C, 23 percent for B6, and 23 percent for potassium, which plays a key role in regulating blood pressure. That’s impressive, especially considering that fibre and potassium are two of four nutrients most likely to be deficient in our diet (calcium and vitamin D are the other two).
What’s new? Recent research about the potato’s health benefits is restoring it to its former glory. Despite their white color, white potatoes do contain phytochemicals just like their brighter-hued fruit and vegetable cousins.Enjoy. Whether mashed, pan-fried, baked, or roasted, potatoes are worth eating when prepared and served with other healthy ingredients. To get the most nutrients out of your tater, keep the skin on.*
Olives is proud to carry potatoes from the following local farms:
Helmer’s Organic Farm is a small family-run farm in Pemberton producing 16 to 18 varieties of specialty potatoes.
Kuurne Farms, tucked in behind the Camel’s Hump in the upper Pemberton Valley, primarily grows Elite seed potatoes, but also produces commercial potatoes sold mostly to local area restaurants and grocers.