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POTATO | How Does it Grow?

August 9, 2019


Can you guess America’s favorite vegetable? Here’s a hint: we really like them fried, fried, and fried… We more potatoes than any other veg, yet it’s really easy to forget when you’re munching on those chips, that you’re really eating fried slices of plant root…well, not exactly, but we’ll get to that, because we’re here at King’s Family Potato Farm, to find out: How Does It Grow? One medium potato provides almost half your daily value of vitamin C, and is super rich in potassium. Potatoes originated from the Andes. Explorers brought them to Europe, where they fueled the rise of populations across the continent. And today potatoes are the fourth most farmed crop on the planet. Here in southern Pennsylvania, the Kings have been growing potatoes since the 50s. Conrad King took the reins from his 86 year old dad, who still helps out at harvest time. The Kings grew potatoes exclusively for chips, so we’re going to follow these spuds from farm to factory. in spring, they plant potatoes specially grown to use a seed, which are chopped into pieces, containing at least one eye. That’s where the new plant sprouts. Potatoes do produce true seed, inside little green berries, that are the real fruit of the potato plant. But if you plant one of those seeds you’re going to get a new type of potato. To get the same kind of potato, farmers plant the tuber itself. So let’s talk tuber. Potatoes grow underground, but they’re not roots they’re tubers. Roots suck up nutrients from the soil; tubers store these nutrients. That’s why potatoes are fat and starchy. The farmer mounds the soil high over the potatoes. If they’re too close to the surface during a dry spell, the earth will crack and expose the potatoes to sunlight. That’s what turns potatoes green and bitter. Sunlight triggers the build-up of solanine, a chemical that’s deadly… – if you eat like 60 potatoes in one sitting…So if you see any green, just cut it off – you’ll live. When the plants flower in June, farmers know the potatoes are beginning to grow. Meanwhile, farmers keep a lookout for two enemies: a fungus called late blight which was the cause of Ireland’s Great Famine in the 1800s; and this little leaf eating sucker – the Colorado potato beetle. If they get out of hand, they’ll kill an entire crop in days. As the leaves of the plant begin to brown, the potato skins start to set and thicken, Conrad harvests them before the skins set, because at the chip factory, they’re going to be peeled straight away but he’s got to move quickly. Without their toughened skin, the potatoes can start rotting within 24 hours. More than half the potatoes America eats are processed, including chips like Herr’s. Here at their factory, potatoes from different farms are rarely mixed before cooking. That means the chips in your bag likely came from a single farm, like Kings. First the potatoes are peeled, then sliced. Every inch of potato makes about 20 slices – each one just 50 thousandth of an inch thick! Now they’re ready for the fryer. The chips cook for just a couple minutes, and in a vat of 370 degree corn oil; then they’re scanned for spots – dark chips are rejected by a gust of air with pinpoint precision. Finally, the chips are seasoned, and bagged with a spritz of nitrogen that eliminates the oxygen to preserve the chips. In 24 hours, Herr’s produces 1 million bags Potatoes are 80% water, as they cook, that moisture is released and replaced by whatever cooking fat you’re using. Oil, butter, etc. Since chips are super thin slices submerged in oil for over two minutes, they lose almost all their moisture. They’re 2 percent water at the end. On the other hand, boiled potatoes retain almost all their moisture, but they lose half of their potassium and vitamin C. It leaches out into the water. I have a recipe that’s right in the middle. These use just 2 tablespoons of olive oil – a lot of that gets left in the pan. The best part? You get to use one of these… We’re going to roast a batch of small potatoes on a sheet pan, with olive oil, salt and pepper. Half way through cooking, pull them out, and smash them. If you’re working with kids, you might want to transfer these to a cool pan. Now, you don’t want to break them apart; you just want to smush out the insides. These are the bits that are going to crisp up deliciously, when you put them back in the oven. Continue roasting until they’re golden and tender. You get the crispness of a french fry, with the creaminess of a baked potato. Cooking with a side of stress relief – I think that’s a perfect recipe – happy smashing!

100 Comments

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    Its this video about how potatos are grown….

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    Can you feature Mushrooms, too? 😁🤗

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    happy smashing

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    How does it grow or how do you eat? Hmmn.

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    Hope you also make a video about palm dates, how does it grow. Thanks 😀

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    BOOBS | How Does It Grow?

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    0:06 you forgot people like baked potatoes and 3:51 is chip racism

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    I thought That Idaho Harvests The Most Potatoes
    Edit:I Think She Used Sweet Potato?!?!?!

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  • Reply vlxxx January 21, 2019 at 2:48 am

    The potatoes cooked at the end are 'new potatoes', which are picked early. And of course some are left to fully ripen to become the potatoes seen on the farm.

  • Reply Earumamaadu January 21, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I like then raw

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    Hey, nice video, please make a video on peanuts

  • Reply DoctorWeeTodd January 26, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    3:50 I love dark chips. Maybe more than the normal ones.

    Is there a way to get only the rejected dark chips? My mom worked at a Sees Candy factory and the rejects were packaged and the employees could take them.

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    Whoa. SHOCKED to hear that half of the nutrients are lost in boiling. I need to change up my cooking method.

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  • Reply Poovaiah Uthappa April 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Amazing to know how they grow potato. We eat them but never bothered to know about it. Thanks for sharing this video. 🙂

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    You also love it mushed.

  • Reply Donovan B April 12, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Potatoes are so awesome and such a hardy crop.
    I let a store bought spud sprout once.
    I cut it in half and planted it into a medium pot and, in a month, I couldn't believe I had an actual potato crop growing!
    That is, until my dog (bless his pure little heart), decided fetch would be a lot more fun with the new green thing on the picnic table.
    Nbd though, I got another going last week. I can't believe how easy it is (speaking from a pleb standpoint who is only growing one plant) are to grow.

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    Wait we can make new kinds of potatoes also I want to try some potato fruit.

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    Americans eat more potatoes than any other veg. Yup and they become potatoes too

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    0:01 Looking for videos on potatoes and got tomatoes instead. ( .)( .)

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    How long and how hot to cook flattened potatoe

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    I'd love to smash

    Some potatoes.

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  • Reply RUDY ZEPEDA June 3, 2019 at 12:57 am

    I love eating red 'taters. And now I've got a new recipe to try out. Your thoughts on roasting onions and brussel sprouts along side the potatoes?

  • Reply Kyle west June 5, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    POTATO GANG!
    Latvia,Ireland and Belarus

  • Reply Tim Young June 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I worked at a Herr's warehouse in high school and "won" a trip to see the factory. Very underwhelming to say the least. Love these videos tho!

  • Reply Hotdog Cat June 8, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I LOVE POTATOES!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Bikash Sahoo June 12, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Which Potato by the way??

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    the presenter made me sign up .I will let her ring my bell

  • Reply Nicholas Pdx June 18, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I like them mashed too!!!

  • Reply King Bob June 20, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I love her eyes

  • Reply Alex Reith July 6, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    My biggest potato pest is the tortoise beetle. They're not supposed to do much damage, but their larva completely defoliated my entire potato bed. I will never again underestimate their damage potential.

  • Reply Erik van Ravenstein July 10, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    I don’t like the actress

  • Reply Thrakerzad July 13, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    i imagine they don't mix different farm's potatoes in stuff like chips is so if they have to do a recall they can try to target that one farm that was recalled

  • Reply Ahmad July 14, 2019 at 4:31 am

    Why is that potato so ugly lmao

  • Reply paula garcia July 19, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Lol

  • Reply Ed Joshua July 29, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I kept focusing on her potatoes more than potato in my life

  • Reply Matthew Lau August 8, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Fact: Potato chips contain more vitamin C than regular potatoes, in exchange, you get more salt and less water.

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