Today, I was just wondering how incomplete our life would be without potatoes. It is one thing, which is almost present in every vegetable we eat and yet we take it for granted. Right? Because it is so commonplace that we fail to notice it.
Another thing that comes to my mind about potatoes is that they are connected with someone who is overweight. I think this is not fair. To me, potatoes don't seem fat at all. That's an unfair comparison!
Let's come back to dishes. Do you love chips? Aloo Pakoda? Aloo Tikki? Dum Aloo? Oh, the list is endless. The love is endless.
Add to them the French Fries, because no McDonald's burger is complete without it.
C'mon, let's read more about French Fries and the farmer who supplies tonnes of potatoes to McDonald's for you and me to munch on.
Generally, we are used to eating one kind of potato. That's the light brown one. But if you do some research, you will find that they come in different variety and colours. You may look at the image carefully to figure out yourself. Then, there are also sweet potatoes called 'Yams', which are boiled and baked.
Potatoes are the fourth most consumed food in the world after rice, wheat and corn. Also, the word Potato has come from the Spanish word Patata. In 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space when seeds were germinated on the space-shuttle Columbia. Historians say that South Americans were the first people to cultivate potatoes way back in 200 BC.
China grows the maximum quantity of potatoes globally and is the number one country in consumption as well, rounding upto about 47 million tons a year.
The history of the French Fries has been traced back to the Belgian farmers in Europe, and historians claim that potatoes were being fried and consumed in the late 1600s by farmers as snacks.
These are cheese fries, and the cheese works as topping to add a little zing to the fries.
Keep reading, there's more to the fries than meets the eye!
We, as Indians, are in the habit of adding masala to everything we do. So, these Masala Fries are a speciality of India. We just can't live without spices and the world knows that. Like, I am trying to add more masala to this article, hoping that you keep on reading it and don't leave it midway...
These are cheese, red pepper and garlic fries usually taken with hard liquor. When taken with alcoholic liquor, it's called Chakhna.
Videshi Chakhna, to be precise.
A delicious fusion of red tomato gravy, spices and cottage cheese. It just melts in the mouth. Some people eat to live, while some live to eat. I am the second one, what about you?
In 2017, India's estimated potato production will be 47 metric tonnes, equalling China's record, according to The Hindu Business Line.
This man is behind McDonald's French Fries and Aloo Tikkis. Ismailbhai started farming 36 years ago as a potato farmer, against the wishes of his father who wanted him to take up a secured job. However, Ismailbhai wanted to get into agriculture, and through dint of hard work and smart farming, he's making millions through potato farming. His farms are spread over 400 acres, according to YourStory. His farms are located 63 km from Amirgarh in Gujarat.
KenFolios writes that Ismailbhai had grown potatoes each weighing more than 2 kg. He has a contract with McCain, a supplier of French Fries and Potato Patties to McDonald's.
Ismailbhai made headlines when Narendra Modi, as prime ministerial aspirant, felicitated him at a public event in the run up to 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Ismailbhai promotes 'smart farming' and travels throughout the country to appeal to the youth to take up farming using modern equipment, technology and internet.
And look, you can also mix the fries with pasta available at McDonald's and the fusion will turn out to be a mouth-watering, lip-smacking and finger-licking one. That's a promise. Being a die-hard foodie, I can vouch for it.
I can feel the saliva in the mouth flow, do you feel the same? If yes, let's catch up somewhere!
If you haven't, you are not a true foodie. Give it a try, it's yummylicious! And it will make you feel good, like all chocolates do, because chocolate stimulates dopamine in your brain, the chemical responsible for the feel-good factor. Scientifically proven it is!
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