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Potato

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A potato is a kind of vegetable, or the plant that grows this vegetable.

The potato plant grows well in many different parts of the world. It is a small plant with large leaves. The part of the potato that people eat grows under the ground. It usually has a brown or pink skin and is white or yellow inside.

The potato is not very good to eat unless it is cooked. People cook potatoes by boiling, roasting, or frying them. French fries or chips are potatoes cut into long pieces and fried until they are soft. Potato chips or potato crisps are potatoes cut into very thin round pieces and fried until they are hard.

The potato was first grown and eaten in the Andes Mountains of South America. When the Europeans came to South America, they brought the potato back to Europe.


The scientific name of the potato plant in the Latin language is Solanum tuberosum.