Potatoes are stem tubers, nutrient underground storage organs for the nightshade Solanum tuberosum L. Domesticated around 7,000–10,000 years ago in Peru and Bolivia, potatoes are now the fourth most-farmed crop on Earth.

So how do they grow? Nicole Cotroneo Jolly visits King’s Family Farms to see how these tubers make it from the field to a bag of chips. Bonus: A roasted potato-smashing recipe that mixes the crispiness of a french fry with that yummy baked potato goodness.

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