Potatoes are a rare drop from zombies, and are found as crops in Villager farms. Along with carrots, potatoes require farmland in order to grow, but do not have an accompanying seed item. A potato item is instead planted directly in farmland, and upon maturing will yield 1 - 4 identical potato items which can again be used or replanted.
When farmed, potatoes will take 8 stages to grow. However, there are only 4 distinct textures, so only 4 visible stages: every two stages have the same texture, except that growth stage 7 keeps the same appearance as stages 5-6, so that only stage 8 has the final, 'mature' appearance.
Fully grown potato crops drop 1 to 4 potatoes and have a 2% chance of dropping an additional poisonous potato. As of Minecraft 1.5, potato yield can now be increased using a tool with the Fortune enchantment; previously Fortune had no effect on potatoes. Currently, potatoes can be found as a rare drop from zombies and also in NPC Villages alongside wheat and carrots. Bone meal can be used to mature the potato to its last stage of growth.
To eat a potato, right-click and hold while a potato is selected in the hotbar. Eating a potato restores 1 () hunger and 0.6 hunger saturation.
 As a cooking ingredient
|12w36a||Potatoes can now be found in villages.|
|1.5||13w09b||The Fortune enchantment now works when harvesting potatoes|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.8.0||build 2||Added potatoes. They are a rare drop from killing zombies.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Potato crops now naturally spawn in villages.|
Carrots and Potatoes found growing naturally in a NPC Village.
 See also
- Issue tracker: MC-1680