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Prayers to a goddess
 
 

Prayers to a goddess

Useful and unusual powers of the potato


The biggest potato in the world dug up in Colorado in 1895: 49 kg, 70cm long, 37cm in diameter. Another record: the biggest fish and chips restaurant in Yorkshire, England.

The prosperous potato
After all these choice morsels, who would still dare to say that the potato is austere? In contrast with the old European continent which continues to associate it with poverty, certain countries have made it into a symbol of prosperity. "To be in the potatoes" for a Dominican means that circumstances have risen enough for him to afford potatoes instead of bananas. When a housewife from the Philippines wants to demonstrate that hers is a family of means, she sees to it that her shopping basket is topped off with a few tubers.

The driving forces of the potato

Inspite of the fact that the potato is an extraordinary source of energy*, this is only obvious when it is distilled and appears in the form of much appreciated alcohols. Poland and Russia offer vodka and Scandinavia aquavit. The energy that Henry Ford wanted to draw from the spud was certainly not a spirit. When he first got into the automobile business, he predicted that petroleum resources, which were cheap at the time, would soon run dry. He began to brood over the replacement possibilities which the potato could offer. Ford's idea was not at all unrealistic because researchers have shown that half a hectare of potatoes can yield 5,300 litres of ethyl alcohol in a year.