Tuesday 17 January 2017

John Daly: Our taste for a bit on the side takes on exotic new flavour with everything on menu

John Daly

Published 16/04/2016 | 02:30

Bord Bia believes the drop in potato consumption is due to modern perceptions that they're fattening and unexciting, and recently staged a campaign to re-ignite our passion: 'Potatoes - more than a bit on the side.'
Bord Bia believes the drop in potato consumption is due to modern perceptions that they're fattening and unexciting, and recently staged a campaign to re-ignite our passion: 'Potatoes - more than a bit on the side.'

You might need to be sitting down for this news, but it seems we aren't eating enough potatoes anymore. It's not about eating them "skin and all," it's more "we are cutting back on the spuds at a fierce rate", with the average national consumption having fallen from 308lb per head in the 1970s to 187lb in 2015.

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Bord Bia believes the drop is due to modern perceptions that they're fattening and unexciting, and recently staged a campaign to re-ignite our passion: 'Potatoes - more than a bit on the side.'

As we find ourselves increasingly romanced by sensuous, slinky foreign imports like charcuterie, paella and fritata, might we actually be turning our backs on Sir Walter Raleigh's tremendous tuber and its vital nutrients of potassium, vitamin C, copper and manganese? Leo Burdock clearly can't be happy about this parlous state of affairs.

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