The potato is one of the most cultivated products in the world. Its consumption is intended for human feeding in fresh, for cattle feeding and as raw material for the food and agriculture processing industries, such as chips, potato flakes, frozen potatoes, etc.
Given the numerous countries devoted to its culture and the great variety of potatoes that exist, its availability in the markets is assured all the year round.
The potato is a good source of energy, with a high content of folate, vitamin C, group B vitamins, iron and potassium. It is dangerous to consume greenish potatoes because they contain a compound that is toxic if taken in great amounts.
Potatoes have numerous uses: they can be intended for direct human consumption, cattle feeding, many processing industries such as the manufacture of dehydrated purees, the manufacture of crisps, chips, cooked, frozen, etc. It can be also intended for the starch industry for nutritional prurposes, or for the distillation industry to obtain alcohol.