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Old 09-06-2019, 03:32 PM
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I think potatoes are the #1 vegetable for a prepper garden.
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Kinda depends on where you live.

I can't hardly grow taters here... But I grow a squash that I substitute for taters in all my recipes...

Number 1 vegetable?
I can't think of anything that I can eat day after day... I like some variety.
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So far 'taters aren't too expensive on the market, and I'm dead terrible at growing them. One or two good sized tubers per plant and the rest of them golf balls. I know, my Idaho potato farmer grandfather rolls over in his grave every time.
Other than that I would be hard pressed to decide which of the others would be considered the most important. I'm all interested in vitamins where everyone else seems concentrated on calories. Calories are easy to come by with fats and grains but a lack of vitamins can kill a person eating all the protein and calories they need.
Potatoes are a concern for glycemic levels and I have a diabetic person in my tribe. He can eat all the veggies he wants but starches are a fairly big no-no.
In the end, though, I'm a potato lover. Baked, fried or souped, I can eat them every day.
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Potatoes are supposed to be the most prolific per acre but you couldn't prove it by me. Potatoes are well under $10/ $50 lbs and if you talk to farmer he'll let you glean edges for free. I like the yukon gold grown locally, already has a buttery taste.
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Beans of various types for a single crop. White potatoes do not have as much nutrition in them.

Really for a decent diet you need several mainstays for a balance diet. For the south east beans, corn, squash, peanuts, and sweet potatoes plus a lot of greens.
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While often shipped in plastic bags potatoes should not be stored like that, they go bad.
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I think most people I know in our area plant tomatoes.
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I also go for beans, greens, and sweet potatoes. They are my largest crops. I do love and grow some white potatoes, but the sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse.
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I also go for beans, greens, and sweet potatoes. They are my largest crops. I do love and grow some white potatoes, but the sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse.
If recall correctly the leaves of the sweet potato are good also.

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Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) leaves are loaded with various nutrients, vitamins, dietary fiber, and essential fatty acids. It has great amount of protein, minerals Vitamin B, Beta carotene, Lutein and antioxidants.
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And sweet potatoes are fairly spendy. Here they often are $1.99/ lb. I prefer yellow sweet potatoes but like orange yams, too. Those names are what are used though technically not correct.
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Luckily, most of us do not have to rely on just one vegetable but potatoes are certainly a contender. Many places are high in production plus potatoes are high in calories. One could rely on foraged food for many needed vitamins. Foraged calories are harder to come by.

Potatoes store well.

One big issue several people are mentioning is what grows in your area. Down south, sweet potato is king. I can't grow sweet potatoes worth a darn but in a good area, they would also be a top contender.
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Luckily, most of us do not have to rely on just one vegetable but potatoes are certainly a contender. Many places are high in production plus potatoes are high in calories. One could rely on foraged food for many needed vitamins. Foraged calories are harder to come by.

Potatoes store well.

One big issue several people are mentioning is what grows in your area. Down south, sweet potato is king. I can't grow sweet potatoes worth a darn but in a good area, they would also be a top contender.
Below is what is in an average edit to white potato. Not sure if it is high in calories compared things like peanuts, beans, corn etc. Not much in protein. Now days people put so many things on their potatoes the calories do climb.
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The idea of a #1 crop can lead to famine and sickness. The sickness from lack of proper nutrition such as pellagra in areas that relied on corn as the main staple. And famine from a blight causing a failure of the #1 crop, like the Irish potato famine.

Ideally a person or civilization would have many crops, wild and cultivated. That way if one failed due to blight or weather or location or man made problems it wouldn't be nearly as devastating as if the main crop were to fail. Eating lots of many crops is also probably better for long term health of those eating it too.
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There's always that tomato-potato thing... pomato
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Guess I grow more green/red/orange/yellow bell peppers than any other vegetable Lots and lots and lots of seeds Heirloom varieties still readily available They grow really well in containers I like to eat them pretty much every day in a salad.

But, I also grow a bunch of other stuff
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I forgot to mention the winter squash. Excellent keeper, will last most of the winter in the cellar. The only downfall I could see is if you didn't have enough room to grow them as they are heavy viners.
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#1 vegetable for a prepper.......well, it would have to be something that stores well or grows back fairly quickly. And as st0n3 mentioned, it will vary according to region and according to one's space. I think for me it would be sweet potatoes over regular spuds because they grow better for me and they store better for me. I don't do winter squash very well either plus they take up too much room for the output I get.

However, I'd have to add kale in there too. It's a superfood that grows all year here and just keeps growing and growing. Kale and sweets for me.
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Most poor folks around the world who depend on their garden for food grow cabbage. It stores well in a cool spot, especially underground, or fermented. Not superior for calorie count but very good for everything else.
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I have to admit I have eaten more kale and swiss chard out of my garden than anything else as it grows almost year round in our Canadian climate
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My vote: Pink-Eye Purple-Hull peas. Get more than one picking per plant and they keep producing even in the heat of August. Easy to store. Lots of calories and nutrition.

" . . . good source of protein and one of the best sources of dietary fiber. They are also very high in folate." University of Arkansas Department of Horticulture

Contains varying Minimum Daily Requirements of calcium,phosphorus, potassium, sodium,choline, vitamin A per U.S.D.A website.

Goes well with other foods for complete nutrition.

Tastes Great !!
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Curious how you store sweet potatoes. My grocery store ones can't be bought in bulk as they will go bad.
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