Sunday, August 16, 2015

Why does a potato have eyes?

Unlike you and me, potatoes can’t see a thing though they have eyes.  The eyes are actually buds from which new plants grow.  (Kids Level: 8 to 10)

The part of the potato that we eat is really the stem.  When a stem grows above the ground, the buds grow into side branches.  The bud found on the underground stem of a potato can grow into new plants.

While sowing, the farmer cuts a potato into many pieces, each with an eye, and plants it in the ground.  Soon each eye sprouts into a new plant which gives us many more potatoes.