Gather your best spuds to celebrate National Potato Lovers Day each year on February 8th!
Believed to have come from South America, this starchy food stable is the world’s fourth-largest food crop, following behind maize (corn), wheat, and rice.
Be careful though, as the light-exposed green portions are toxic!
With over 4,000 varieties of potatoes, it can be hard to pick a favorite. To get things started, The Potato Association of America has broken them down into five unique types. Click through to find your favorite variety!
How To Celebrate National Potato Lovers Day
Celebrate by boiling, baking, frying, roasting, mashing, smashing or distilling (yay!) your favorite potato into delicious submission — and make sure to use #NationalPotatoLoversDay and/or #PotatoLoversDay when posting your spudtastic snaps on social media.
Below: A simple, happy potato doing his happy potato dance. Little does he know the fate our cruel world has in store for him.
If you’re in need of an epic anthem for this glorious potato holiday (trust us, you are!), look no further than the animated version of Cheryl Wheeler’s “The Potato Song”.
When you’re finished with that, click through to Pupsi’s foray into the unbelievable world of fashioning (and playing cover songs) on a potato flute (skip to 1:37 for his po-ta-tune)!
National Potato Lovers Day Playlist
Do you hear that?
It’s the sweet sound of a potato flute — wait — NOPE!
It’s actually our National Potato Lovers Day playlist calling your name.
Time to get spudsy!
(Really Bad) Potato Jokes
Q: What do you call a reluctant potato?
A: A hesi-tater
Q: How many potatoes does it take to kill an Irish person?
I couldn’t find the thingy that peels the potatoes and the carrots, so I asked the kids…
Apparently he left me two days ago.
An old farmer wrote a letter to his innocent son in prison:
“This year I’m unable to plant potatoes because I can’t dig the ground. I know if you were here you would’ve helped me.”
His son replied:
“You idiot, don’t dig the ground, I have hidden guns there.”
Pretty soon, the Police read the letter, and the very next day the ground was dug by the Police, where they searched for guns, finding nothing but dirt.
The son wrote again:
“Now plant your potatoes dad, it’s the best I could do from here.”