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Raw new potatoes. Raw, unpeeled new potatoes. A native of South America, the potato plant (Solanum tumberosum) was introduced to Europe in the mid- 16th century, and is now one of the most important food crops in the world. The edible part of the plant is the tuber, an underground swelling of the stem that stores the plant's reserves of carbohy- drate. The cooked tuber is rich in carbohydrate & vitamin C, and also contains fibre and protein. New potatoes are harvested early in the season, and are usually small but full of flavour.
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