Anyone know what this is? I’ll give you a clue, you use them to make chips! That’s right, its a potato!
I find potatoes are quite an interesting plant genetically as they can be anything from diploid (2 copies of each chromosome like us) to pentaploid (5 copies of each)!! As well as great genetic variation, you can also cook them in a million different ways! If you think of a way of cooking you can probably do it to a potato! This is reflected world wide as it is the worlds fourth largest crop, behind rice, wheat and maize and about 330 million tonnes of potato are produced and sold per year!
Not only are they a great food source, they also have a very pretty flower as shown above and are a member of the Solanaceae or Nightshade family making them related to the deadly nightshade!