Irish potatoes are one of the many varieties of potato, a starchy, tuberous crop from the nightshade Solanum tuberosum (botanical name) that is perennial and is eaten in almost every part of the world.
What are Irish potatoes (with pictures?)
They are called Irish potatoes because they were the largest variety grown in Ireland in the early 1800s, and were associated with The Great Irish Famine, one of the worst agricultural, social, and cultural catastrophes of the time.
Irish potatoes are also called white potatoes and are produced as a tuberous crop and grown in regions with cold climates.
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Irish potato farming in Nigeria is also a huge market, as the country is one of the largest producers of Irish potatoes in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It is generally grown from seed. It becomes a major ingredient for all types of culinary. Usually used in recipes for making Irish potato chips, candy, side dish recipes, cakes, and Irish potato porridge.
It is rich in vitamins and minerals. Thus, there are many health benefits associated with eating Irish potatoes.
Nutrition Value of Irish Potato
Below is the nutrient value per 100gr of Irish potato:
Dietary Fiber 2.2gr
Vitamin E 0.01mg
Thiamine (Vitamin B6) 0.08mg
Vitamin B6 0.3mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 0.03mg
Vitamin C 19.7mg
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 1.05mg
Vitamin B5 0.3mg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Whether baked, grilled, fried, steamed, or boiled, here are reasons you should eat Irish potatoes.
Health Benefits of Irish Potatoes | Irish Potato Benefits
- Improves gut health
Irish potatoes can give you the 12% fiber you need that helps uphold your gut health. It also has high levels of dietary fiber which makes it a good choice to improve your digestion and make your bowel movements more stable.
Irish potatoes also protect your body from developing colon cancer.
- Irish Potato helps facilitate digestion
The carbohydrates present in Irish potatoes help in faster and easier digestion. This makes it a good choice for children and patients who are experiencing digestive problems.
- Prevents scurvy
Irish potatoes are rich in Vitamin C which checks deficiency diseases such as scurvy. It also prevents the manifestation of other symptoms like cold, bleeding gums, viral infections, and spongy inflamed gums.
- Cures inflammation
Irish potatoes are rich in antioxidants since it contains Vitamin C to overhaul the wear and tear of the body cells. It is effective in dealing with both external and internal inflammation problems.
It also contains Vitamin B6 and potassium to relieve inflammation of the digestive system and inflamed intestines. Applying raw potato juice over inflammation can offer good relief.
- Lowers blood pressure
It has the potential to lower blood pressure, thanks to its essential vitamins that can regulate stress, tension, and anxiety.
Moreover, the fiber found in potatoes lowers cholesterol levels and promotes insulin production in your body. This, in turn, lowers the level of blood pressure
Besides these health benefits listed above, Irish potatoes can also be an excellent treatment in the treatment of tumors, diabetes, cysts, cervical cancer, and prostate cancer.
It is recommended that you eat these tuber vegetables by baking and boiling them, rather than using them in a fried way, as many vitamins will be lost when you fry them.
Side Effects of Eating Potatoes
If you eat potatoes and the side effects occur soon after, you may experience allergies to potatoes. Although potato allergy is rare, you still need to watch for the symptoms, which may include:
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Throat closing
- Stomach cramps
- Swelling of the tongue and face
- Chest tightness
- Loss of breath
Many allergic reactions begin with skin symptoms, such as hives, rashes, and rashes, but this is not true in all cases.
Whether you experience one, or a combination of these allergies within minutes to two hours after eating a potato, you may have an allergy and need immediate medical attention.
If you are allergic, even a small portion of potatoes will cause a reaction, so you need to stop consuming this root vegetable for good.