AI to the rescue of quality French fries: A farming tale

French fries

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Your days of disappointing French fries – or any other potato product, for that matter – may have an end in sight. And you can thank Artificial Intelligence (AI) for it!

California-based tech startup Ceres Imaging is reportedly looking to inform farmers about water-stressed potato crops, helping them grow better produce.

This, in turn, will lead to better potatoes, that can then be used to make better French fries. Sounds outlandish? Read on to know exactly how this is going to work out.

Quest for lighter, crisper fries

Ceres Imaging flies drones over potato fields to capture their images. These are then run by an AI, which crunches numbers to tell farmers whether the amount of water their potatoes are receiving is too much or too little, according to a Bloomberg report.

A potato that gets just the right amount of water is whiter in colour, said the report. It added that such potatoes can be used to make lighter, crisper French fries.

Such potatoes are higher in demand among buyers such as restaurants, and fetch better prices.

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With the technology from Ceres Imaging, farmers can grow better potatoes, which can then be used to make better French fries.

What are French fries?

The name French fries is referred to as long-cut potatoes that are then fried and served with seasoning and some other condiments, depending on where you eat them.

The origin of French fries is disputed, despite the name indicated that they were first made in France. Two other countries that lay claim to the dish are Belgium and Spain.

They are also referred to by different names in different places. For example, they are called French fries in North America. However, they go by the name chips in the United Kingdom and finger chips in the Indian subcontinent.

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