When I need one loaf of bread I can easily say so. When I need only one [___] potato what would the equivalent word be?

Everything I considered sounds weird. Is there maybe just an old form, not commonly used anymore today? If so, I still would like to know the word ;D

When would it be appropriate to use tubers?

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    It's just one potato. No unit necessary. Likewise for turnips and tomatoes. If you were after a quantity of the root vegetable, you could ask for 1 kg of it, or whatever weight you wished to acquire. – Lawrence Apr 19 '19 at 5:34
  • 1 kg is indeed more natural. But what would I say if I start counting them? – Marco Apr 19 '19 at 5:39
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    One potato, two potato, three potato, four; five potato, six potato, seven potato, more …. (That's the version I remember anyway, but these lyrics use the more standard plurals.) – Lawrence Apr 19 '19 at 5:43
  • .... In my mother tongue it's possible to say both, no unit as well as the "unit". The unit being a word to describe a big-root-like-thing, also used, and more commonly used for ginger. – Marco Apr 19 '19 at 5:43
  • Welcome to English. :) – Lawrence Apr 19 '19 at 5:44

It's just potato.

The reason it differs from bread is that bread is a mass noun; potatoes are countable (until they're mashed and become a mass noun).

Thus you need to specify a quantity or unit of bread — or any mass noun like water or even mashed potato — but can simply ask for a number of countable potatoes.

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