Often given bad press due to its association with the humble chip or french fry, potatoes are a fantastic source of vitamins and nutrients.
Potatoes are a staple food in the UK, with hundreds of varieties available to the gardener throughout the year.
The potato may not look the most appetising vegetable on the rack but it’s nutritional value is often underestimated. High in vitamin C, B6 and potassium, they provide nutrients for healthy bones and nervous system whilst helping to regulate blood pressure.
Low in fat and having no cholesterol, potatoes have only 115.5Kcal per 175g serving and are a great source of fibre. Rich in carbohydrates, they also provides energy and fuel for the brain.
Potato nutritional information
|per 175g||% daily value|
|Vitamin B1||0.23mg||16%||Releases energy from carbohydrate|
|Vitamin B6||0.58mg||30%||Vital for a healthy nervous system|
|Vitamin C||15.75mg||44%||Needed for healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin & hair|
|Fibre||2.6g||14%||For a healthy digestive system|
|Folate||33mcg||16%||Needed for healthy blood and to make new cells and proteins|
|Iron||2.8mcg||20%||For healthy blood|
|Magnesium||31.5mg||11%||Helps build strong bones and teeth|
|Potassium||735mg||22%||Needed to control a healthy blood pressure|
Vegetable Garden Guide – How to grow potatoes
JBA Seed Potatoes – A leading supplier of Scottish seed potatoes, including many heritage varieties.
The Potato Council UK – Great recipes and cooking information