Fish and chips, French fries with a hamburger, hash browns, gnocchi and even alcoholic beverages such as vodka all have one thing in common: the potato. It is estimated that the average world citizen consumes about 33 kilograms of it on an annual basis. So what are the most important potato producing countries?
Originally, potatoes were a main part of the Andean food culture, where the crop was domesticated approximately 7,000 years ago. The Spanish introduced the potato in Europe in the 16th century. It is suggested that the potato played an significant role in the growth of population between 1700 and 1900. Today, the world production of potatoes is around 324 million tonnes. Its culinary uses are versatile and depend on the variety. They can be boiled, roasted, mashed, peeled or skin-on. In many food cultures the potato plays an important role. But what are the largest producers of potatoes? Which are the largest potato producing countries in tonnes? Here’s a quick top 10 potato producing countries!
Top 10 potato producing countries
- The Netherlands – 7.33 million tonnes
- France – 8.02 million tonnes
- Poland – 8.20 million tonnes
- Bangladesh – 8.37 million tonnes
- Germany – 11.80 million tonnes
- United States – 19.36 million tonnes
- Ukraine – 24.25 million tonnes
- Russia – 32.68 million tonnes
- India – 42.34 million tonnes
- China – 88.35 million tonnes