South Africa: The Great Gatsby and Other South African Potato Classics

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Potatoes are the vital ingredient in perhaps our most iconic street food, way more revered than plain chips or a twirly-whirly. They're the heart and soul of the great Gatsby.

"Potatoes give us French fries, crisps and vodka... It's like the other vegetables aren't even trying... " I read this on social media recently.

Indeed, the humble potato has versatility going for it. It's been associated with great times of need and famine - think of Van Gogh's The Potato Eaters - as well as abundance, booming economies and fast food. What would McDonald's be without their signature shoestring fries?

In fact, what would any fast food outlet be without potatoes? Regardless of whether you're a Steers, Wimpy or McD's fan, potatoes come standard. Even for food carts; think of your beach fix of Chip 'n Dip or the inventive traders in caravans selling those twirly-whirly potatoes strung out over a long skewer at festivals.

Potatoes are everywhere, mainly because they are relatively inexpensive, but still pack a high energy and body fuel punch. When our bodies are flat out, potatoes provide an instant and bloody delicious pick-me-up.

My dad put up the first crop circles in our farming community...

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