Potatoes grow well in temperate and humid regions, and wide, open spaces. In France, production is concentrated north of the Loire River, largely in the Hauts-de-France region, which accounts for two-thirds of the national supply. The surface area dedicated to this crop has been increasing since the beginning of the 2000s, and now covers over 150,000 hectares.
Nowadays, despite lower consumption figures than 50 years ago, the potato remains an essential product in France. Indeed, the population consumes about 50 to 55 kilograms of potatoes each year- fresh and processed combined.
Many factors actively contribute to the national success of the potato. Firstly, this product is not as expensive as other vegetables. Furthermore, while hyper and supermarkets account for the largest share of potato purchases, they are nonetheless available in almost every store, from smaller greengrocers to local markets, and all year round. Finally, potatoes are also key ingredients in many beloved dishes in France, such as raclette, thus solidifying its place in French people’s hearts and on their plates.
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