Potato

Potatoes are starchy tubers belonging to the nightshade family that are grown in several varieties.

Potatoes are a starchy, tuberous plant belonging to the nightshade family along with peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant. The part of the plant that we most commonly eat are the underground stem growths known as tubers. Tubers form at the base of the plant's roots and store energy in the form of starch to support the plant's growth. Potatoes are a staple food in many parts of the world and are the world's fourth-largest food crop. Common varieties of potatoes include red, russet, yukon gold, and fingerling. Although sweet potatoes look similar in shape and size to potatoes in the nightshade family, sweet potatoes belong to a different plant family (the morning glory family) and are only distantly related to potatoes.

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