have you seen the green in potatoes?

May 21, 2009 10:34am CST
Hi all! I just wanted to share this with you in order that you may be able to watch out for this in your next cooking. I had this published in my blog, but I have put up excerpts of my entry here so that you can read it here. "Here's an important piece of information that my mother taught me years ago, but fewer and fewer people these days seem to know about. Green in potatoes indicates the presence of a rather harmful toxin . When you see patches of green in your potatoes as you peel them, cut out the green parts entirely and discard them. What is the green? Actually it's chlorophyll. Not bad for you at all. But the chlorophyll indicates that the potato has been exposed to sunlight. And where the potato has been exposed to light is where a natural toxin in the potato (solanine) becomes concentrated at harmful levels. So, never store your potatoes on the counter. Always keep them in a cool, completely dark ple. According to the Wikipedia , deep-frying potatoes at a high temperature (306°F) effectively lowers the level of toxins. But boiling them (212°F) has no effect. Best to stay on the safe side and just cut away the green parts. The NIH website mentions that the potato sprouts can also have concentrated solanine, so those too should never be eaten." I hope you learn something from this and take heed. Take care all and God bless you! Happy mylotting!:D
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@shaeki (42)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Very informative! I have just sent emails to my loved ones. Thank you very much!
@Maryam27 (412)
• Pakistan
21 May 09
Oh! I never knew that. Thanks for letting us know Spoiled. By the way I haven't seen any green potatoes, as under their skin, are you talking about the ones which are just greener from the outside? If yes, than i have seen them. And I would be careful about it next time. Thanks friend.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
21 May 09
I have heard that the green sometimes found in potatoes is not healthy for one, so I do cut it out before cooking them. Thank you for the explanation as to why that is the right thing to do. Karen