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Couple's Eye-Popping Potato Isn't a Potato After All

New Zealand couple's dreams 'turn to mash'

(Newser) - When is a potato not a potato? When it's a tuber of a gourd, according to Guinness World Records. A New Zealand couple who believed they had dug up the world's largest potato in the garden of their small farm near Hamilton have had their dreams turned to...

Taco Bell Is Bringing Back a Beloved Menu Item

Potatoes are back, baby

(Newser) - If you're one of the apparently many people who have been missing Taco Bell's potatoes since the fast-food chain stopped serving them over the summer, we have good news for you: They're coming back on March 11. Taco Bell pulled the seasoned potato bites as part of...

One Woman's Video Meeting Went Comically Wrong
One Woman's Video Meeting
Went Comically Wrong
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One Woman's Video Meeting Went Comically Wrong

Lizet Ocampo was a good spud about it

(Newser) - Amid warnings about Zoombombing comes the story we need in these times: that of Lizet Ocampo, who spent an entire video call for her work transformed into a potato. Buzzfeed has the story of the political director at People for the American Way, who joined her Microsoft teams meeting on...

After Ominous French Fry Headlines, Some Reassurance

'NYT' spoke with processors who say it's all good

(Newser) - A flurry of headlines took over the internet on Tuesday: "French fry shortage possibly looming" was Fox News' take. It, like countless others, reported on a dearth of potatoes in North America after crops were damaged by cold, wet weather. CNN framed the situation as one in which processors...

PepsiCo's Warning to Farmers: 'Join Us or Grow Other Potatoes'

Company wants 4 small farmers in India to stop growing tuber it uses in Lay's potato chips

(Newser) - Four farmers in India only boast a few acres each, but a special potato they're growing has one of the world's biggest food and beverage conglomerates after them. PepsiCo's Indian subsidiary filed suits against the small group of farmers in early April, accusing them of planting a...

Town's Residents Being Terrorized by ... Mashed Potatoes

Residents in Jackson neighborhood are finding bowls in and on cars, on porches, in mailboxes

(Newser) - Starchy and strange is the only way to describe what's been going on in one section of Jackson, Miss. Let Belhaven resident Michaela Lin put it into words. "As I walked out of my door my neighbor said, 'What is that on your mailbox?'" she tells...

Obama Surprises Chicago Food Bank
Obama Surprises
Chicago Food Bank

Obama Surprises Chicago Food Bank

Ex-president helped bag potatoes

(Newser) - Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to a Chicago food bank before Thanksgiving—and stuck around to help volunteers bag potatoes. "Hey, how's it going?" the former president said, per the Chicago Sun-Times . "This is a spiffy-looking spot, right here." Children ran up for hugs in...

Odd Looking New Potato Aims to Be 'Tastiest' You've Had

The University of Maine developed the 'Pinto Gold'

(Newser) - The University of Maine says it's releasing a new type of gourmet potato, the AP reports. The new spud is called the "Pinto Gold" and the university's potato breeding program leader describes it as a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety. Gregory Porter, who leads the breeding program, says...

Eat Fries? You're Not Doing Your Life Span Any Favors
Want to Live Longer?
Put the Fries Down
new study

Want to Live Longer? Put the Fries Down

It's the frying and the salt that's the problem

(Newser) - Potatoes are a relatively healthy vegetable, packed with enough fiber, vitamins, and micronutrients to "counterbalance the detrimental effects of their high glycemic index," researchers note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition . Unfortunately, it is what we do to them before we eat them that drains all the...

Matt Damon Was Right: Potatoes Can Grow on Mars
Matt Damon Was Right:
Potatoes Can Grow on Mars
new study

Matt Damon Was Right: Potatoes Can Grow on Mars

Which could also have implications for our changing climate

(Newser) - If you've seen The Martian, you might think it's totally possible to grow potatoes on Mars. You just might be right. In the film, Matt Damon plays fictional NASA astronaut Mark Watney, a stranded botanist who survives on the Red Planet by growing the hardy tubers. Now, real-life...

GMO Spuds Could Fend Off Another Irish Potato Famine

USDA OKs JR Simplot varieties that include resistance to late blight

(Newser) - Two potato varieties genetically engineered to withstand the bacteria that caused the Irish potato famine could soon be heading to dinner tables. The Department of Agriculture has approved planting of JR Simplot's Ranger Russet and Atlantic varieties of Innate potatoes, reports the AP . The potatoes—which have only potato...

Potato-Only Dieter Drops 70 Pounds

'I feel amazing,' says Andrew Taylor

(Newser) - Andrew Taylor has spent the last 100 days consuming nothing but potatoes —plus a beer now and then—and he's really happy about it. Quite a bit lighter, too. A quarter of the way into his challenge to eat a potato-only diet for one year, the 36-year-old Melbourne...

Man Vows to Keep Potato-Only Diet for a Year

Andrew Taylor says he's already lost 30 pounds in 2016

(Newser) - A little over 40 days into 2016, Andrew Taylor has lost more than 30 pounds eating as much as he likes. The catch: He's only eating potatoes. The Australian man—who weighed 333 pounds at the start of the year—says he decided to go on a spud diet...

You May Not Want to Eat Potatoes Before Getting Pregnant

Study finds it may up risk for gestational diabetes

(Newser) - If your short-term plan involves getting pregnant, your immediate plan should potentially be to lay off the potatoes. So suggests a National Institutes of Health study published Tuesday in the BMJ that found women who eat more potatoes before becoming pregnant may be more likely to develop gestational diabetes as...

Man Makes $10K a Month With 'Stupidest' Idea Ever

 Man Makes $10K 
 a Month With 
 Idea Ever 
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Man Makes $10K a Month With 'Stupidest' Idea Ever

Sending potatoes to people. With messages on them. Like, for real

(Newser) - When Alex Craig pitched a business idea to his girlfriend over dinner one night earlier this year, her instant reaction was, "This is the stupidest idea I've ever heard," he tells WFAA . But Craig was determined to see his inspiration take root—and now, just a few...

This Exists: Plant That Grows 'Ketchup' and 'Fries'
 This Exists: 
 Plant That Grows 
 'Ketchup' and 'Fries' 
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This Exists: Plant That Grows 'Ketchup' and 'Fries'

'TomTato' now available in US

(Newser) - Tomatoes and potatoes go together like, well, ketchup and fries—so why not grow them together? A hybrid plant known as the "TomTato" or, yes, "Ketchup 'n' Fries," allows you to do just that, and it's now available in the US after first being released...

McDonald's Shuns GMO Potato OK'd by FDA

Fast-food giant not lovin' JR Simplot's 'Innate' spud

(Newser) - A major Idaho potato producer has won some love from the FDA for its genetically modified spud, but don't look for the "Innate" potato in the deep fryers at McDonald's anytime soon. As the Idaho Statesman reports, the fast-food giant—a longtime major buyer of Boise-based JR...

Scientists Build a Better Potato

... or at least one that seems resistant to blight

(Newser) - It's about 175 years late for those who perished in the Irish Potato Famine, but British researchers think they've created a potato resistant to blight, reports the Irish Times . They borrowed a gene from a South American spud and added it to the common Desiree potato. After three...

Eat These 7 'Unhealthy' Foods
 Eat These 7 
 'Unhealthy' Foods 

Eat These 7 'Unhealthy' Foods

They can actually be good for you: Katherine Tallmadge

(Newser) - If you religiously stay away from eggs (cholesterol!), wheat (gluten!), potatoes (carbs!), and the like, dietitian and author Katherine Tallmadge has good news for you. On LiveScience , she outlines seven foods typically seen as "bad" that, in her opinion, you should actually be eating:
  • Eggs: Consider

There's a Quiet Potato War Going On

Grocers allege growers are colluding to illegally inflate prices

(Newser) - Who knew there was a quiet potato war going on? On one side: grocers. On the other: potato growers. An unwitting victim: you, assuming you purchase the fruits of the latter from the former. As the AP reports, the Associated Wholesale Grocers has filed a lawsuit charging that potato growers...

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