National French Fry Day is July 13th and while we think this is an American Thing, it is not. In fact French Fries (Frites) are attributed to Belgium. The first person to eat potatoes in the ‘French Way’ was Thomas Jefferson when he was president in 1801 thus bringing it to the USA.
- The average American eats 29 lbs. of French fries per year (Food Democracy)
- 7% of the potatoes grown in the U.S. end up being sold by McDonald’s.
- McDonald’s buys 3.4 billion pounds, which for those of us bad at unit conversions is close enough to matching up. A small fry is 71g, so that’s 10 billion small orders of fries or 320 billion fries per year. Again with a 12 year time constant that gives us 4 trillion fries. (Quora)
- The first literary reference to French Fries is in A Tale of Two Cities; Charles Dickens refers to “Husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil”.
- Ed “Cookie” Jarvis won the Nathan’s Famous World French Fry Eating Championship in 1995 by downing a total of 4.46 pounds of crinkle cut fries in six minutes. Yet in 2011 when Dave “Coondog” O’Karma ate 2 Pounds of French Fries in 3 Minutes 54 Seconds. That was at the 2011 Boise Fry Company World French Fry Eating Championship
- There is a French Fry Museum in Belgium
- There is an annual French Fry Feed every year in Grand Forks, North Dakota.