Did You Know?

Potatoes are American native plants of the nightshade family with their distinctive flowers in white, pink, red, blue or purple with bright yellow stamens. The potato was an important crop in Peru and Chile up to 10,000 years ago. After flowering small green fruits appear resembling little tomatoes. These are full of solanine, a toxic substance. The potato that we eat is actually part of their root system—and not toxic!