Potato Fact #197

This year, the North Korean government distributed 1 ton of potatoes to each farm laborer, much to their chagrin. Potatoes are associated with malnutrition in the region and don’t pair well with Korean dishes like kimchi. Many families eagerly trade their potato surplus for much smaller amounts of seaweed or rice (about 22 lbs. of potatoes can be exchanged for 2.2 lbs. of rice).