Originating from the Andes and first cultivated some 8000 years ago, this tuber is now one of the most widely grown and consumed foods in the world. Here are just a few ways to enjoy it in all its glorious shapes and forms. 
Olivia Andrews

28 Mar 2013 - 3:06 PM  UPDATED 30 Mar 2021 - 5:19 PM


Potato pancakes (raggmunk)
These potato pancakes are traditionally served with pork or unsmoked bacon at Christmas.

Northern India 
Spiced potatoes (aloo chaat)
If you don’t want to make the chutneys for this dish, substitute good-quality chutneys from Indian food shops. They can also be used as accompaniments to other Indian snacks such as samosas, pakoras and bhajis.

Potato salad with spicy cheese sauce (papas a la huancaina)
From the potato’s original birthplace, Peru, comes this national dish of potato salad with spiy cheese sauce.  Served cold or at room temperature, the purple sapphire potatoes are a colour-popping stand out. 

Potato and cheese dumplings (ruskie pierogi)
Polish dumplings contain a variety of sweet and savoury fillings, but arguably the most popular is the 'Russian-style' filling of potato, onion and cheese.


Photography by John Laurie


As seen in Feast magazine, Sept 2011, Issue 1. For more recipes and articles, pick up a copy of this month's Feast magazine or check out our great subscriptions offers here.