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Blue Potatoes-Potatoes Should Not Make You Blue

Posted Mar 06 2010 5:05pm

My friend and neighbor and fellow gardener just gave me some of her last years Blue Potatoes. They are lovely and delicious. When I first looked at them I imagined they would cook up a dark, muddy color. But they were positively bright and clear in color.

blue potatoes

See the almost little sprouts in these dark blue potatoes. As you will see later in this post, that’s a good thing!  Next see how lovely they cooked up. I steamed them.

blue cooked potatoes

Imagine the amazing antioxidants that are captured in the bright blue pigment. They were delicious. First we ate them just like this with a bit of butter.  Next I cooked them up with onions, peppers, spinach and served them with scrambled eggs with a sprinkling of cheese.  Next I used what was left in a yummy quiche.  So how did I manage to be offered such a treat?

Prevention magazine did an article entitled:  “7 Foods That Should Never Cross Your Lips” . Anne Underwood writes that root vegetables absorb pesticides and fungicides. As for potatoes “they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.” The article challenges us to try to get a non organic potato to sprout. I tried, I watered one, put in on a window sill until I was tired of looking at it, not a sprout, not even a trace of a sprout! And, washing cannot remove the chemicals that are absorbed.

This spring we will be growing potatoes.  When we added onto our kitchen, we also added an unheated 8ft by 16ft room under our addition. It is connected to our basement by a door and does a wonderful of keeping the harvest. I still have 2 winter squash in perfect condition that I harvested last September.  I found this great article on growing 100 pounds of potatoes in a 2ft x  2ft area.   It is quite clever.  I think I will grow Yukon Gold and maybe some Pontiac Reds.  My yard started with grass. I removed grass for flowers. I made some raised beds for vegetables. Now, I am finding more ways to make room for veggies. 












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