Potatoes are one of the most common, and most favorite, vegetables in the world – and they can be used for much more than just daily bread. In honor of National Potato Day, here are a few other ways to use potatoes.
1. WEAR THEM
Potatoes come from nightshade called Nightshade tuberosum, which blooms with white, pink, red, blue, or purple flowers. In the late 1700s, to inspire their starvation subjects to plant a newly introduced vegetable – which the Spaniards brought to Europe from the New World – Marie Antoinette wore potato flowers in her hair, and her husband, King Louis XVI wore them in his buttonholes. This inspired potato blossoms to be a favorite of the French nobility for a while, but the trick did not work: the lower classes rejected the efforts of the upper estate to make them grow crops.
2. DO ELECTRICITY
If you are in a bank, or possibly a Shipyard prepper, start stocking potatoes now. With just a few household items – wires, a small amount of copper, and a zinc-coated nail – and one of the tubers, you can power a clock, a light bulb and many other small electronics.
3. GARDEN IN SPACE
In 1995, potatoes became the first vegetable grown on the shuttle. Raymond Bula from Wisconsin University led the project, in which five potato leaves of the Northern Area species were propagated in space. Bula’s research team controlled this project from Wisconsin, which remains in constant contact with NASA, which remained in contact with the team on the shuttle. When the shuttle arrived home, everyone was happy to find that potato plants not only survived the test, but in fact grown potatoes.
4. GROW ROSES
Gardeners can insert, lifted cuttings into potatoes, and then plant all of the potatoes, as if it were a seed or an onion. A nutrient-rich potato helps to provide moisture and bread to the growing plant, reducing the best chance to survive.
5. MAKE THE PLASTICS
Bioplastics, as they are called, can be made from corn, wheat, and – you guessed it – potatoes. The concentration of starches and cellulose in potatoes can be used to make plastic, and plastic made from potatoes can be burned and fertilized with compost with much less impact on the environment.
6. MEASURE TIME
The Incas of Peru used potatoes for all kinds of things in the midst of their civilization. Known for his creative, far-sighted agricultural methods, the Incas also studied time – and began using the time it takes to cook potatoes to measure time.
7. Pull out the rust
Has a knife with some rust spots? If you put a knife in the potatoes and let it stand for a while, you will have a big impact in removing rust. Potatoes naturally contain oxalic acid, which is used in many household cleaners (in much larger amounts, of course). Oxalic acid also dissolves rust. To attack large potato-prone surfaces, cut it in two, sprinkle it with a baking powder or immerse it in the dish soap and get to the scrubbing.
8. SEND THEM BY POST
Thanks to Mail Hoe for just $ 9.99, the common dream of mailing potatoes to their closest friends and family can be a reality. The site advertises it, it can send potatoes anywhere in the US, and that your choice of a mailed gift will surely delight the recipients. And, if not admired, at least confused … in a good way.