How many kilograms of potatoes do Europeans eat every year?
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Potatoes are probably the most common staple food in the northern half of Europe. It’s very hard to imagine European cuisine without the potato. Europe has one of the highest per capita potato consumption in the world. Potatoes are a rich source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
Interestingly, the potato is not native to Europe. It is native to the Americas. It is believed to have originated in Peru. Potatoes were introduced to Europe from the Americas in the second half of the 16th century by the Spanish.
We can see that there are 2 areas in Europe where potato consumption is far higher than other areas in Europe: the far east of Europe and the British Isles, the Netherlands and Belgium. Ukraine (139 kg) and Belarus (182 kg) have by far the highest potato consumption in Europe. The lowest per capita consumption of potatoes can be found in Cyprus (21 kg), Bulgaria and Montenegro (27 kg).