You’re a Gem!
You’re a Gem!
Whether you know them as the Aussie Gem, royals, pom-poms or the classic merican’ Tater, there’s no denying that these gloriously crunchy little pieces of potato are nothing but delicious. In honour, we’re serving up a fresh batch of crispy facts to expand your fry knowledge.
- Tater Tots were first created in 1953 when F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. They tossed in some flour, salt and all the good stuff and birthed this beauty. A moment of silence for these absolute geniuses…
- When first invented, the founders held a contest among their friends to determine the Tater’s rightful title. Clora Lay Orton, a young housewife, suggested the name Tater Tots – adorable & delicious!
- February 2nd is National Tater Tot Day. Hip hip hooray! Oh, and don’t forget National Fry Day on July 13th.
- Although the chip we know and love is dubbed the ‘French Fry’, it does in fact, originate from Belgium! ‘Belgium Fry’ doesn’t really have the same ring to it.
- Tater is slang for potato, originating in the U S of A! In case you haven’t caught But, the word ‘Chip’ was coined in the UK in 1769, originally referring to veggies preserved in salt water (ew)
- Americans consume approximately 70 million pounds of tater tots per year. That’s 31,751,465.9 kgs to be exact, we did the math. BUT, Belgians consume one third more French Fries than Americans. That’s a lot of potatoes.
- There is a French fry museum called ‘Frietmuseum’ in Belgium. The Lords dream of visiting
So, don’t be a Tater hater, drop these hot salty facts next time you’re at a dinner party (BYO
potato gems) and show your friends just how extensive your potato puff tid-bits really are.
Source: Mobile-cuisine Source: Buzzfeed