Big Idaho® Potato Truck Grows Tree Size Sprouts During Time Off From Tour

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The Famous Big Idaho® Potato Truck has grown sprouts up to 30 feet long while being off the road since March 2020.
Eagle, Idaho, April 1, 2021 -- The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) revealed today that its famous Big Idaho® Potato Truck has grown sprouts up to 30 feet long while being stored in a cool, dry place (as recommended) since March 2020 when the annual tour was suspended due to COVID-19. But not to worry! It turns out potatoes are still perfectly fine for both eating and touring with all of their heart-healthy nutrients intact, even after sprouting.

“When a potato sprouts, it’s just doing what potatoes naturally do – growing and making more potatoes,” says Frank Muir, President & CEO, IPC. “To enjoy them, simply remove the sprouts. In fact, that’s why peelers have a scooped-shaped tip – to help dig out the sprouts.”

The IPC is currently working on building a giant potato peeler to rid the 4-ton-tater of its oversized tuberous appendages before it returns to the road, hopefully sometime later in the year. 

In the meantime, we hope you’ve enjoyed this fanciful little tale. Because if you haven’t already guessed, April fool!


About the Idaho Potato Commission

Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho® potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance. These ideal growing conditions are what differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states. For more information, visit