National Tater Day is an American annual holiday devoted to the potato. There are a huge variety of ways to prepare this root vegetable: it is baked, turned into mashed potatoes, fried, cooked chips, boiled. Potatoes are an integral part of many dishes in different cuisines of the world! The holiday is celebrated on March 31.
The history of National Tater Day is not reliably known, but many researchers believe that the holiday began to be celebrated in 1843. At that time, traders met to exchange the potatoes they had already grown and to purchase seedlings for further cultivation of this vegetable.
Potatoes have been known to mankind since ancient times. It appeared more than 3 million years ago in South America, but the first credible cases of its cultivation and consumption were much later. Research estimates that potatoes began to be cultivated by local aboriginal tribes in the area of modern Bolivia 9,000-7,000 years ago.
Potatoes grew well at altitude, for which reason they were often planted atop the mountain valley of the Andes. The plant is unpretentious in the care and growing conditions, for this reason it has become very popular. The introduction of the potato to Europe took place during the Age of Discovery. Today we celebrate National Tater Day to remember the history of the potato and enjoy dishes based on it!
- The potato is believed to have been introduced to Europe by Francis Drake in the fall of 1580. A monument to Drake was even erected in Offenburg, for his services in improving the diet of the inhabitants of Europe. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by the Nazis in 1933.
- Wild potatoes grow only in South America; in the rest of the world, only domesticated potatoes can be found.
- In ancient Inca culture, the potato was used not only as a food but also as a medicine. The vegetable slices were applied to broken bones to accelerate healing. Potatoes were also used as a prophylactic for rheumatism and toothache.
How to celebrate
Visit cafes or restaurants to try the best potato dishes performed by professional chefs! You can also make your own favorite potato dishes or try something new: there are lots of recipes on the Internet.
Spread the word on social media. Find out from users what potato dishes they cook most often.
When is National Tater Day celebrated in 2024?
National Tater Day is observed on March 31 each year.