Potatoes are the tubers of the potato plant, where the plant stores its energy as starch. One of the most important crops across the world, they are the fourth largest after corn, wheat and rice.
There are hundreds of different varieties and are cheap to buy, easy to grow and filling. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates and vitamin C and are a source of fibre, protein, minerals and vitamin B-6.
Potatoes are often seen as fattening, but this is due to the often high amounts of oils, butter and cream commonly used during and after cooking. When steamed, boiled or baked plain they are nutritious and virtually fat free.
(There is nothing wrong with using fat in cooking and dressing, it is nutritious and adds/carries flavour, just don’t go overboard with too much that isn’t needed)