When you go to the market, look for the native potatoes that have the most intense colors, like red, pink and purple. These colors, which are principally representative of potatoes from Huancavelica and Apurimac, shows the presence of iron, zinc and mircronutrients that help combat chronic childhood malnutrition.
“If these potatoes are better distributed, they can be a good element to help combat this problem that still exists in the rural areas of Peru,” says Miguel Ordinala, from the International Potato Center (IPC).
This is just one reason why we should consume Peru’s tubers and celebrate them on National Potato Day on May 30.
This event will include expositions and parades in the main square in downtown Lima. Also, in Parque de la Exposición, producers from 10 regions of the country will offer their potato varieties at the IV National Native Potato Festival.
Per capita consumption of potato is currently 83 kg per year, but Edilberto Soto, president of the National Potato Producers Association, says that that isn’t enough.
“We should get to 120 kg,” he said. “We hope to soon be able to achieve this goal.”
For National Potato Day, there will be many smaller events going on around the country. Many restaurants will be preparing menus with the potato as the star.
One of this is Social, the Hilton Hotel’s restaurant, which will prepare a menu with 12 different potato varieties with origins in Huancavelica, Andahuaylas, Cusco and Ayacucho. There will also be a photography exhibition. Chef Renzo Alcántara will showcase the variety of textures with dishes that include potato foam and crispy potato, as well as potato breads, cocktails and desserts.
Looking for other potato-themed events?
Ceremony, exposition, parades, dancing, Plaza Mayor, Lima: Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Potato festival, Gran Mercado Mayorista de Santa Anita: Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
IV National Potato Festival, Parque de la Exposición, Lima: May 30 - June 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Source: Marilia Pastor for ElComercio.pe, Translated and adapted by Alix Farr of Peru This Week