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New Study Focuses on Nutritional Value of Potatoes

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IMG_6010A frequently expressed concern in the ongoing public health debate is the lack of affordability of fresh vegetables, especially those that are nutrient dense. A new study, “Vegetable Cost Metrics Show That Potatoes and Beans Provide Most Nutrients Per Penny,” published in the journal PLOS ONE, shows that potatoes are one of the best nutritional values in the produce aisle, providing one of the better nutritional values per penny than most other raw vegetables and delivering one of the most affordable source of potassium of the more frequently consumed vegetables, second only to beans.

Dr. Adam Drewnowski and colleagues from the University of Washington used a combination of nutrient profiling methods and national food prices data to create an “affordability index,” which was then used to examine the nutrients per unit cost of 98 individual vegetables as well as five vegetable subgroups including dark green, orange/red, starchy, legumes (beans and peas) and “other” vegetables. 

The results indicated while dark green vegetables had the highest nutrient density scores, after accounting for cost, starchy vegetables (including potatoes) and beans provided better nutritional value for the money. Potatoes, in particular, provide one of the lowest cost options for four key nutrients including potassium, fiber, vitamin C and magnesium. Among the most frequently consumed vegetables, potatoes and beans were the lowest-cost sources of potassium and fiber—nutrients of concern, as identified by the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines.

“The ability to identify affordable, nutrient dense vegetables is important to families focused on stretching their food dollar as well as government policy makers looking to balance nutrition and economics for food programs such as the school lunch program and WIC,” said lead researcher Adam Drewnowski, PhD. “And, when it comes to affordable nutrition, it’s hard to beat potatoes.”

The study was funded by the United States Potato Board and adds to the growing database of nutrition science that supports potatoes in a healthful diet. In addition, one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620g) than a banana (450g), provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

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Source: United States Potato Board

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Southern Georiga Fall Veggie Loads are Starting

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While loading opportunities for summer vegetables in the mid-west and northeast may have been hindered some due to dry, hot weather, loadings are expected to be brisk for this fall in Georgia.  Normal vegetables shipments are expected from the southern part part of the state.  Here’s a look at when primarily fall veggies shipments should be available.

These items should continue providing loads in good volume until the first frost hits, which normally comes in mid to late November.  The exception is cabbage, which is more frost resistant.

Squash –mid September

Cucumbers — late September

Peppers — early October

Corn and beans — mid October

Cabbage — early November

As the fall Georgia vegetable shipments start declining in November, loading opportunities will be increasing in Florida.  However, Florida volume will be light, compared to its most active time of the year, which is spring.

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Ohio Vegetable Loads are Available

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Ohio ships a substaintable amount of vegetables during the summer and fall and volume is increasing.  The Buckeye state has several major farming operations scattered around different regions shipping dozens of different types of vegetables ranging from squash to bell peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and beans.

Although shipments have started on some items, Ohio cranks up in July.

For example, cabbage and snap bean shipments area just starting, while items such as potatoes and sweet corn will get going by mid July.

The single most active area in  the state with a handful of large shippers providing the most shipments, is located in central Ohio around small communities such as Willard and Plymouth.

However, there’s at least one significant vegetable shipping operation just Southwest of Akron in the eastern part of the state —  at Hartville.  There’s also  a couple of vegetable operations in Northwest Ohio, not that far south of Detroit, MI – in towns such as Napoleon and Alvordton, OH.

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Many California Districts are Shipping

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Whether talking the desert areas of the Imperial or Coachella Valleys, or Southern California to Ventura County, Bakersfield, and on to Santa Maria and Salinas, produce is being shipped.  Granted, not all the areas are in full harvest, but shipping areas are abundant.  It will only get better for produce haulers in the weeks ahead as demand for refrigerated equipment increases and rates climb accordingly.

In the desert, you’ll find bell peppers, beans and sweet corn in both the Imperial Valley and the Coachella Valley.  Cantaloupe loadings begin in a couple of weeks or so.  Also, the Coachella Valley ships the first domestic grapes in the U.S. each year.  Coachella grape loadings will begin a week to 10 days earlier than normal this year — around the first week of May.  Loadings should continue through June, with about 9 million cartons forecast.

California cherry shipments begin from the central and south areas of the San Joaquin Valley the first half of May, but expect shipments to be lighter than normal.  Heaviest cherry loading opportunities come with the later bing cherry variety from the Stockton-Linden-Lodi area.  Overall, unless Mother Nature does a whack job on these perishable beauties, California should ship 8.5 to 9 million boxes of cherries, the most in a decade!

California desert vegetables – grossing about $7200 to New York City.


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Georgia Shipments to Increase

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Georgia spring fruits and vegetables are generally a week or more early giving  truckers some loading opportunities a little sooner than normal.  Greens ranging from kale to mustard, collard, etc. are in a steady mode for harvest, packing and shipping.  In the weeks ahead veggies ranging from  beans to cucumbers, squash, eggplant, peppers, etc. will be coming on from central and southern areas of Georgia.

Light shipments of sweet Vidalia onions are underway, with good volume about another week away.

Something not widely known about Georgia is its blueberry shipments have significantly increased over the past eight years or so.  In 2004 it had 20 million pounds of blues and this year it should ship about 50 million pounds, despite half of the crop being wiped out by a February freeze.   In recent years Georgia has ranked anywhere from second to fourth in blueberry shipments, and this is expected to continue increasing.

Georgia peach shipments should be starting around May 10th from the Ft. Valley area.  Volume is expected to be normal for the early and middle part of the season, although the late season peaches could yield lighter shipments if projections hold.  Georgia typically ships peaches into August.

In South Carolina peach shipments should get underway around the third week of May.

Various greens from Georgia – grossing about $2600 to Philadelphia.


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