New York, 1853. The manager of a local train station arrives at a restaurant, and orders a portion of chips.
He tastes the dish, and immediately asks to return it, claiming that the fries are too thick for him.
The restaurant's chef, who was asked to prepare a new dish for him, decided to have fun, and instead of making the restaurant's familiar chips, he decided to do something;
He sliced the potatoes into thin slices, deep fried them, sprinkled a little salt, served them to that diner and the rest is history;
Since then, the potato chips snack has become a resounding success all over the world, and also here in Israel.
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For quite a few years potato chips have been considered one of the most popular snacks in Israel.
But how is it produced, what happens to the potatoes from the moment they are collected until they reach the bag and which varieties are involved?
The manager of the Strauss company's potato chips brand, Noa Ament, and the agronomist Alon Piasetsky, who is responsible for growing the potatoes that eventually become the beloved snack, make order.
"After tens of thousands of attempts, we arrived at the 7 varieties from which potato chips are currently produced" (photo: from the Potato Chips Instagram page)
7 varieties on the way to the perfect crunch
Over 4,000 different varieties of potatoes exist in the world today, each with different characteristics.
Some varieties are more suitable for frying, others for baking, and there are special varieties that are specifically suitable for potato chips, due to a high level of starch that creates the familiar and beloved crunch in every bite.
"We have done quite a few experiments over the years, to reach the perfect and beloved taste of the potato chips," says agronomist Alon Piasetsky.
"After tens of thousands of attempts, we arrived at the 7 varieties from which potato chips are made today. It is a perfect combination of flavors and crunch."
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From the field to the bag
The special potatoes that are specifically intended for potato chips are grown in the south of Israel during two main seasons, are collected from the field four months after they are planted, undergo sorting and arrive at the Potato Chips factory, where, within about 15 minutes from the start of production, they are transformed from fresh potatoes into a bag of potato chips the beloved
They are washed, peeled, cut, fried and seasoned and packed in the familiar bags.
In the coming month, during the Darom Adom festival, Bestraus decided to provide a rare glimpse into the process of growing the potatoes that eventually become potato chips.
This is a tour that will last 40 minutes, and will include comprehensive explanations about the process of growing potatoes from a local agronomist, and there will even be activities and sessions for children.
"There will be quite a few activities waiting for the children, and there will even be an artistic performance made from recycled bags," said Noa Ament.
Do you also want to take part in the unique activity, learn about the different varieties of potatoes and the production process of potato chips?
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