The Quebec Potato
The Quebec Potato
The Quebec Potato
The Quebec Potato
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Potatoes contain

More fibre than a bowl of instant oatmeal.
See their many advantages »

Helpful Hints

Frying at the right temperature.

Use peanut oil to fry your potatoes. Due to its high smoke point, it is resistant to heat.

 
 

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Nutritional Facts

The surprising potato really is astonishing. Available throughout the year, potatoes are affordable, versatile, and, what’s more, full of essential nutrients. Discover the secrets of this super food!

Calories and carbohydrates

Their energy is crucial to your body’s functioning. They provide you with the energy to face each day.

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Sodium

As far as health goes, the less salt, the better. It is recommended to consume a small amount as part of a balanced, healthy diet.

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Potassium

Potassium plays an essential role in cellular function, supports healthy blood pressure, and facilitates muscle contraction and the transmission of nerve impulses. Nothing less!

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Carbohydrates and calories

Their energy is crucial to your body’s functioning. They provide you with the energy to face each day.

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Fibre

Your intestine can’t do without it! Fibre eases constipation, as well as preventing heart disease, and helping to control appetite.

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Protein

What does protein do? It supports tissue formation and repair as well as contributing to the creation of antibodies.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, has many virtues. It influences the development and health of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums, as well as stimulating the immune system.

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Vitamin B1

Also called thiamine, vitamin B1 supports the transformation of carbohydrates into energy and plays a role in the transmission of nerve impulses.

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Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, plays a role in metabolism and energy. It also supports both the nervous system and the immune system.

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Magnesium

Smile! Magnesium solidifies teeth and bones; it also supports both muscle and nerve function.

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Did you know?

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Saviez-vous?
  • Potatoes are vegetables.

    Yes sir! Even though they contain a lot of starch, potatoes are in fact considered vegetables. For those in doubt, the Canadian Food Guide will confirm it for you!

  • One potato is the equivalent of two servings of vegetables.

    Why should you keep the skin on when you cook your potatoes and eat it as often as possible? Because it contains many nutritious elements and fibre. A half-cup (125 ml) of potatoes (or half of a medium-sized potato) equals one serving of vegetables.

  • A baked potato with skin contains more iron than a cup of fresh spinach.

    You’re surprised? Potatoes are much more nutritious than you may think. Despite their pale colour, they contain many vitamins and minerals and lots of antioxidants that are good for your health. Even better, these elements can help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. Just a few excellent reasons why you should go for potatoes!

  • You think potatoes are fattening? Think again!

    It is the toppings that we put on potatoes that add calories! A single tablespoon (15 ml) of butter or margarine contains 103 calories, so try to go easy on the butter, sour cream, and bacon bits! Also, be careful with potato chips and french fries, even if you love them, since frying dramatically increases calories!

  • In Quebec, fresh fruit and vegetables for sale to consumers are not genetically modified.

    So feel free to eat your 5 to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Go GMO-free, go!

  • Potatoes are the fourth largest crop grown worldwide.

    With an annual production of 322 million metric tones, potatoes come in just behind wheat, corn, and rice. Canada, the 12th largest potato producer in the world, producing 4.28 millions metric tones, is the world’s second largest exporter of frozen potato products. In Quebec, potatoes are the third most important agricultural product. The province produces approximately 80% of the potatoes consumed here. A little more than half of the production ends up on our tables, whereas almost all of the other 20% ends up as potato chips, particularly popular in Quebec. The remainder of the production is used for various sub-sectors, including frozen French fries, and seed potatoes. Potatoes, always surprising!

 
 

Varieties

Each potato is special in its own way!
To make the most of your recipes, use the following guide to help you choose the best potato:

White Flesh
Red
Yellow Flesh
Elongated Potatoes
Other varieties

Potatoes with white flesh

Red-skinned Potatoes

Potatoes with yellow flesh

Elongated potatos

Other potato varieties

 
Shape Characteristics Boiled Baked Mashed BBQ Salad Fried
Chieftain Chieftain Round to oval Red and rather smooth            
Goldrush Goldrush Oval and oblong Skin Light brown and flaky            
Norland Norland Oblong Red and smooth            
Shepody Shepody Oval and oblong Skin light buff coloured and smooth            
Superior Superior Round Light buff coloured and slightly rough            
Yukon Gold Yukon Gold Oval and slightly flat Yellowish buff coloured and slightly flaky            
Ac Belmont Ac Belmont Round White to light buff coloured and smooth            
Russet Burbank Russet Burbank Oval and oblong Skin Reddish and flaky            
All Blue All Blue Slightly misshapen Blue with silvery spots            
All Red All Red Slightly misshapen Red            
Ratte Ratte Oblong and knobby Fine and smooth            
Eramosa
Oblong White and smooth            
Kennebec
Oblong Buff coloured and smooth            
Atlantic
Oval to round Light buff coloured and lightly netted            
Conestoga
Square and slightly flat White and slightly flaky            
Frontier Russet
Oval and oblong Tan brown, slightly flaky and well veined            
Hilite Russet
Long Brown and slightly flaky            
Krantz
Square to oblong Buff coloured, flaky and thick            
Niska
Oval to oblong Buff coloured            
Andover
Ronde Buff coloured and slightly rough            
Aquilon
Round to oblong White and smooth            
Envol
Round to oval White and smooth            
Red Cloud
Round to slightly oval Dark red            
Umatilla Russet
Oblong Dark tan coloured and lightly netted            
 
 

History

Potatoes have not only nourished populations since the beginning of time, they have also nourished humanity’s imagination. Discover their surprising history.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Potatoes have not only nourished populations since the beginning of time, they have also nourished humanity’s imagination. Discover their surprising history.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Helpful Hints

Potatoes are vegetables that everyone is familiar with. They have been on Quebec tables for generations. Nevertheless, you may still wonder about which potatoes are best for mashing, or if should you store potatoes in the fridge or not. In “Les recettes du succès de l'Épatante patate !” videos you’ll find the answers to your questions. Enjoy! Note : these videos are available in french only.

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L'art de la purée

Recette n°1 :
L'art de la purée

Discover the secret for perfect mashed potatoes.