Season: June to December

Description: Potatoes are a source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Potatoes are also a source of potassium, magnesium and fiber. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, magnesium helps build and maintain strong bones, and fiber helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular.

Vitamins: Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Fiber

Selection: Choose clean, firm, smooth, potatoes that are not green in color and do not have sprouts.

Storing: In a cool, dark place with good ventilation for up to 1 month. Throw away potatoes that are shriveled or sprouted.

Preparation: Wash potatoes well.

Serving: Pierce with fork and bake potatoes whole. Top with salsa, vegetables, chili, yogurt, chives or cheese. Chop potatoes and add pieces to soups and stews. Pierce with a fork and microwave on high power 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Let stand 2 minutes. Baking time can vary, depending on size, shape, temperature and variety of potato. Peel and cut into large chunks. Boil until easily pierced with fork. Drain and mash with milk and butter. Keeping potato skins on in your recipes will boost the nutrient value of your meal. Most of the nutrients in a potato are found in the skin.

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