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Old 05-16-2016, 12:19 PM   #11
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RB, I think green is a sign of exposure to sun, not of age. It's important to peel the green parts off, they can make you sick.
Yes, I was about to say that, too.

The following info comes from the The Food Safety Authority of Ireland website:

"Whilst not acutely toxic in humans, there are a number of reports suggesting that ingestion of potatoes containing high levels of glycoalkaloids have led to poisoning incidents where the main symptoms displayed are irritation of the gut and also drowsiness. These symptoms have also been shown at high doses of glycoalkaloids in controlled experiments using human volunteers."

It also says that there is no connection between expectant mothers consuming green potatoes and the incidence of spina bifida in their babies (there was a scare about this a long time ago).
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If they're turning green under the skin, peel off all the green - it can cause upset stomach. Solanine is a natural toxin, you know
Yes I know that....a toxin is a toxin regardless of whether it is synthetic or not.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:20 PM   #13
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Yes I know that....a toxin is a toxin regardless of whether it is synthetic or not.
Just clarifying, since you seem to have the idea that synthetic toxins are somehow worse.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:34 PM   #14
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Just clarifying, since you seem to have the idea that synthetic toxins are somehow worse.
I would always favour an organic pesticide over a synthetic one anyday.
My choice!
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:16 PM   #15
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...Last night I took a couple of them out to cook and they were slightly soft. Are they fresh enough to eat?..
I might be the only person who does this, or at least the only one to admit it, but when I have sprouting, slightly soft potatoes, I just cut them up for mashed a few hours before I'm going to boil them. After peeling* and cutting into chunks, they sit in water until it's time to cook them. By the time I give them one more rinse before boiling them, they are just about as firm as a just-bought one. I've always figured the softening comes from a loss of moisture. Restore moisture=restore texture. Himself has never been able to tell if a potato has been a just-bought one or an older one. He enjoys them both. Neither of us have ever felt sick afterwards.

I do cut off any green, but I rarely have any since I store them in a bin in the basement, then cover them with a cotton towel.

* I don't normally peel potatoes, but I do if they're wrinkly. Those skins are a bit rubbery, even when soaked.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:23 PM   #16
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According to Penn State University regarding green potatoes:

"Because of the bitter taste, it is rare for someone to eat enough to actually get sick."

Green Potatoes — Home Food Preservation — Penn State Extension

According to U.S. NIH:

"Potatoes that are not green and have had any sprouts removed are safe to eat."

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/...cle/002875.htm

An interesting article regarding green tinged potato chips:

What's Up With Those Green Potato Chips You Sometimes Find? | Mental Floss
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Depends on how soft.

If they are green throw them out (mind you, how you could tell with purple potatoes, I'm not sure).

According to a report in the Daily Mirror (British tabloid newspaper - aimed, apparently, at a consumer with reading age of 10!) purple potatoes will stop you getting cancer

Baked purple spuds might help people beat cancer.

The superfood from South America now available here is packed with antioxidants which kill off tumours.

In tests on mice the potatoes, usually the size of a golf ball, halted the growth of bowel cancers by targeting their “master” stem cells.

Prof Jairam Vanamala, of Pennsylvania State University in the US said a starch in the potatoes boosted the immune function in the gut.

And this could cause cancer cells to “self-destruct.”
(I thought purple was an appropriate colour to paste the cutting )

Wow that's amazing! Great to know!


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How do you remove the sprouts from a potato? Is there a special kitchen gadget for that?


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Purple potato crisps are great! Very light and super crunchy - available from good health shops.
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How do you remove the sprouts from a potato? Is there a special kitchen gadget for that?
My potato peeler has a somewhat sharp tip that I use to remove sprouts and eyes. If yours doesn’t have that, you can use a paring knife.
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