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Potato Quiz

Potato Quiz Questions and Answers

Potato Questions

  1. The potato was first domesticated on which continent?
  2. King Edward potatoes have been grown in the UK since 1902, which King Edward were they named after?
  3. Which popular "all-rounder" UK variety get's the first part of its two word name from a lane in Trumpington, Cambridgeshire?
  4. In the United States, sweet potatoes, especially those with orange flesh, are often referred to as what?
  5. The name Albert Bartlett is most associated with which variety of potato?
  6. Which artist painted 'The Potato Eaters'?

  7. Which Welsh county is famous for its potatoes which have been grown since the 1700's?
  8. Which British island is famous for its early crop of small potatoes from its steeply sloping fields?
  9. Which explorer first brought potatoes to the court of Queen Elizabeth I in 1585?
  10. Which potato with a female name is a popular choice in the UK for salads?
  11. What was the last name of Frank, who in the 1920s packaged a twist of salt with his chips in greaseproof paper bags, which were sold around London?
  12. Which red-skinned main-crop potato, a good all-rouder, was originally bred in the Netherlands in 1962?
  13. Which beetle, also known as the ten-striped spearman, or the potato bug, is a major pest of potato crops?
  14. Which roasted cubes of potatoes are named after a French pharmacist who popularised eating potatoes in France?
  15. What was invented and developed by George Lerner in 1949, first manufactured and distributed in 1952, and also first advertised on American television in April, 1952?
  16. What word can be a bird of prey or a variety of potato?
  17. Which restaurant chain first opened in June 1974, in Tollcross, Edinburgh, serving filled baked potatoes?
  18. The typical potato contains what percentage of water: 80%, 60% or 40%?
  19. What were first mentioned by American food author Maria Parloa in her 1887 Kitchen Companion book, described as a fried mixture of cold boiled potatoes which is folded "like an omelet" before serving?
  20. Which American politician went down in history as the Vice President who couldn’t spell potato?


  1. South America (the region of modern-day Peru and Bolivia)
  2. King Edward VII (they originated in the same year of his coronation)
  3. Maris Piper (from Maris Lane in Trumpington where the Plant Breeding Institute was located)
  4. Yams
  5. Rooster (the UK’s first branded fresh potato)
  6. Vincent Van Gogh
  7. Pembrokeshire
  8. Jersey
  9. Sir Walter Raleigh
  10. Charlotte potatoes
  11. Smith (Smiths Potato Crisps Company Ltd)
  12. The Desiree
  13. Colorado beetle
  14. Parmentier potatoes (named after Antoine-Augustin Parmentier)

  15. Mr. Potato Head
  16. Osprey
  17. Spud U Like
  18. 80% water
  19. Hashed browns
  20. Dan Quayle (on visiting a school in New Jersey, in 1992, he 'corrected' the word written on a chalk board by a child, adding a letter E)