Scientific Name: Solanum tuberosum
Category: Vegetables and Herbs
Potatoes, often called Irish potatoes, are one of the most important world food crops and a staple for many large gardens. Potatoes are tubers, or swollen underground stems that form as a storage location for starch. Potatoes are grown from cut pieces of tubers, usually referred to as seed potatoes. Tubers form best at temperatures of 60-70 degrees F; therefore, early spring planting or fall planting is preferable in Kansas.
Potato tubers formed at base of plant
Potato tubers, assorted types