You thought maybe 2008 would be the year of the camu camu berry? Think again! The United Nations has proclaimed 2008 the International Year of the Potato. Turns out the humble tuber is the world’s fourth-largest food crop after rice, wheat, and corn, and it’s becoming more popular by the second. Potato output has doubled in the last 15 years, and is expected to double again by 2020.
If you want to celebrate by exploring exotic spuds, the UN’s website features a photo gallery that displays a few of the thousands of potato varieties. There are also instructions on growing your own in a bucket.
Or perhaps a trip to the world center of the potato is in order. Not Ireland—Peru is the tuber’s birthplace. The potato is thought to have first been cultivated there roughly 8,000 years ago. So here’s to eight millennia of good eating.