Potato

Is potato in Japanese jagaimo ジャガイモ or poteto ポテト?

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Potato was introduced in Japan by Dutch traders and since then it has been extensively used in Japanese cuisine. There are two different words in Japanese to say potato: and .


  • Jagaimo -

ジャガイモ is commonly used when talking about the raw vegetable or when it's cooked in a Japanese or Asian way. It's believed the potato was originally brought from Jakarta to southern Japan (Kyushu) by Dutch traders.

EnglishJapanese
Meat and potato stew

  • Poteto -

When the potato is cooked in a western way, the word ポテト is used instead. Some examples:

EnglishJapanese
French fries
Potato chips
Mashed potatoes
Baked potato
Potato salad

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