Idaho Potato Museum is located in the city of Blackfoot. Known as the “Potato Capital of the World,” the region has the highest concentration of the potato industry in any one area.
As I entered the café, I was asked if I wanted to buy potato or see the museum. $4 entrance fee let me access the self-guided museum where one can learn everything there is to know about potatoes. For example, the Incas in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 BC to 5,000 B.C.
Dioramas, video, audio with displays of machinery also explain the history of Idaho's potato industry.
I actually hurried through the cozy but informative museum thinking that J.J. might be getting bored waiting for me. When I went back to the café, J.J. was happily digging into the famous “world's largest baked potato.” The Idaho potato is not attractive compared to fancy designer varieties in a multitude of colors and shapes. But the ordinary brown skinned appearance is deceiving. I joined J.J. to finish what we both agreed was the best baked potato we had. At the cost of $1.99 plus tax, the lunch was a steal :-)
Here are Carlene and Ryan who have expertise in Idaho potatoes.
Aloha -- Cathi