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addition -- family Solanaceae (etc.)[edit]

The opening paragraph could be better. No mention is made of the botanical family name -- Solanaceae -- which is standard practice in most plant articles. The details about the poisonous nature of the green, while accurate, gets a bit deep in the weeds for a first paragraph that is also talking about the significance of potatoes as a world food crop. If you want to talk about the poison, start a new paragraph where you can also throw in some history about how slowly the potato was accepted by Europeans as an edible food, (poisonous nightshades were known in the old world). Then you can expand the first paragraph with a better overview about the potato's general significance in food, commerce, history, botany, or add something about its name origins.

Thanks GeeBee60 (talk) 11:42, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

Pt 2

Time and edits do not improve all articles. Scanning historic versions of this article, I find that there are better versions from a few years ago, at least when it comes to the lede. Sometimes collective wisdom is collective muddle. While I could copy and paste/replace from an older version, this would truly vex some folk. I'm surprised that there is not an agreed-to formula / model of what goes (and doesn't go) into an introductory paragraphs for each of more common food plants.

GeeBee60 (talk) 02:36, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 22 May 2018[edit] (talk) 14:30, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

the potato is brown

 Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. —KuyaBriBriTalk 14:44, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Potato Protein[edit]

I made an edit covering the usefulness of potato protein as an ingredient, it got reversed-out completely due to the references I used being commercial (though I have no commercial interest in it). I still think potato protein is worth covering, could someone else have a go at it?Back ache (talk) 20:28, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

Do you have evidence-based reasons for thinking it "worth covering"? If you do, the sources shouldn't be hard to find; if not, it doesn't belong on Wikipedia. —VeryRarelyStable (talk) 04:05, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

Productivity =[edit]

Please, remove the graph "Global production of potatoes in 2008", because this is misleading and has totally absurd data (the scale of productivity per ha goes up to 600 KG / ha only, but actual potato productivity goes well above 40 000 kg per hectare. A quote from - "With good agricultural practices, including irrigation when necessary, a hectare of potato in the temperate climates of northern Europe and North America can yield more than 40 tonnes of fresh tubers within four months of planting. In most developing countries, however, average yields are much lower - ranging from as little as five tonnes to 25 tonnes ...". 600 kg/ha is almost 10 times less, than even the lowest indicated average for developing countries.--90.191.1g6.98 (talk) 20:44, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Texas is North?[edit]

On the potato page on Wikipedia, it says, "As far North as Texas", however, Texas is in the South. Is this a mistake or is it correct? I'm a bit confused. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:25, 4 July 2018 (UTC)

"North" as in comparison to Peru/South America.--Mr Fink (talk) 16:33, 4 July 2018 (UTC)


@FlightTime: It already was stable; no valid reason was given for its removal. I explained in detail why it was there, and your revert was inappropriate. As a side note, I'm not edit warring any more than you here. –Deacon Vorbis (carbon • videos) 21:55, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

And I disagree with your reasoning, please seek consensus for your change. - FlightTime (open channel) 22:03, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
You've given no reason for your disagreement; you're simply being tendentious. In what way does this not belong? –Deacon Vorbis (carbon • videos) 22:05, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
They're two editors contesting your change, myself and @Wbm1058:, consensus seems to be required. As I said, in my opinion it's a stab at including non-notable trivia. Good luck, - FlightTime (open channel) 22:09, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Make that 3. Why is it necessary to add this random factoid? SmartSE (talk) 22:13, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
@Smartse: It's not a random factoid, it's for people that were looking for the Quayle incident and got redirected here instead; this is exactly what {{redirect}} is for. –Deacon Vorbis (carbon • videos) 22:18, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
Extremely far-fetched that anyone would be looking for that. A very old incident that did not merit its own article and unlikely search term. In most cases, we don't do redirects to something that's not even considered that notable in the grand scheme of things. Anyway, I've protected due to the edit-warring. Enigmamsg 22:26, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
It's not far-fetched, because I was personally looking for it. –Deacon Vorbis (carbon • videos) 22:31, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

I found this when patrolling Wikipedia:Database reports/Linked misspellings. Misspellings in hatnotes are flagged by that error report. Generally, we favor linking to correct spellings over linking to misspellings. As this is a "correct" spelling for the Dan Quayle incident, that implies we should redirect Potatoe to that if it's a notable topic, or at the least, make Potatoe a disambiguation page. But as there are 17 deleted edits sitting under Potatoe, and a whopping 563 deleted edits at Potato (word), we should review Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Potato (word) before doing anything hasty here. Also wikt:potatoe. – wbm1058 (talk) 00:40, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

The redirect Potatoe is absolutely fine, my problem is making some kind of note that some guy (yes, who happened to be the (then) current Vice President of the United States) misspelled the word is non-notable trivia. - FlightTime (open channel) 00:56, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
See also Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Potatoe. wbm1058 (talk) 01:27, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
The Quayle incident was briefly in this article, but the mention didn't stick. Anyone remembering the "famous potatoe incident" but forgetting the name of the politician could still find it by using the Wikimedia search, though this does require the specific effort to override the default redirect to the correct spelling. Who Made the Potatoe Salad? and "Sweet Potatoe Pie" are other uses of the misspelling. – wbm1058 (talk) 02:29, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
A mention at Potato (disambiguation) § See also, as Potoooooooo (Pot-8-Os), the 18th-century racehorse, may not be totally unreasonable – though I'm not inclined to add such a thing as this myself. – wbm1058 (talk) 02:52, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
I agree that that it's trivia and unnecessary. If one searches for politician couldn't spell potato on Google, the top result is a link to Dan Quayle, its section heading 'Potatoe', and the first sentence ('On June 15, 1992, Quayle altered 12-year-old student William Figueroa's correct spelling of "potato" to "potatoe" at the Muñoz Rivera Elementary School spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey'.). Searches for 'celebrity' or 'guy' 'can't spell potato' also have the Quayle article in the top three results. BlackcurrantTea (talk) 04:16, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
Side note, could this incident be another entry for WP:LAME? SemiHypercube 11:34, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

Bold scientific name consistency[edit]

@General Ization: @Smartse: Why are some people set on a bold scientific name for this article when it is not done at others like tomato, eggplant, cuke? I don't particularly care if it goes this way, but then it has to be done for the others... Bod (talk) 19:59, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Sprouting and toxins[edit]

"If potatoes develop green areas or start to sprout, these areas should be trimmed before using.[citation needed] Trimming or peeling green areas are inadequate to remove copresent toxins, and such potatoes are no longer suitable as animal food.[60][61]"

To me, this is confusing. Do you trim it, or do you discard it? Is it suitable for human consumption but not animal (and if so, why)?

Dianaramadani (talk) 21:53, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

It looks like this has been partly fixed. It seems like the first part was folk knowledge and the 2nd one had sources. I will try to clarify this more. Bod (talk) 00:32, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Number of Potato Varieties[edit]

Just passing by - I noticed the intro says there are "over 1,000" varieties, the Genetics section says 5,000, and the Varieties section says 4,000. Does someone want to reconcile these sources? (talk) 18:19, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 8 April 2019[edit]

There are more than 200 varieties of potatoes sold throughout the United States. Each of these varieties fit into one of seven types of potatoes i.e. russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling and petite.

In 1589, Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes in Ireland on the 40,000 acres of land near Cork. It was nearly four decades after that when potatoes got popular in Europe.

It was found that potaoes are easier to grow rather than any of the other staple crops.This fact was supported that potatoes contain essential vitamins and they could be provided to nearly 10 people for each acre of land cultivated. Krutika Samnani (talk) 06:17, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

 Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. NiciVampireHeart 09:26, 8 April 2019 (UTC)