Thursday, 22 October 2009

Funky potatoes

Unfortunately, they are not supposed to be like this. They are Dutch Cream and were grown over winter. They grew well and to a very good size. However, quite a few of them look like this when cut open. A funky purple. Pretty, but is it edible?Has anyone had this problem before? Or do you know what causes this? Or do you know whether these potatoes are still edible? Any ideas and suggestions welcome. :)

3 comments:

Kelly said...

i think so, the ones from the markets looked just like this. I always thought they were supposed to be like this!!! Im still alive...

Cosmic said...

Sniff the pink bits - if it smells a bit vinegary it could be pink rot, sometimes called late blight, caused by bacteria in the soil under very wet conditions. Won't hurt you, you can eat them. To test it further, leave one cut and exposed to light - if the pink darkens or turn blackish then definitely blight. Harmless to humans but easily spread in soil. Best not to plant tomatoes or any other nightshades in that plot.

Veggie Gnome said...

Kelly, I had never encountered any like this before. And I am glad you are still alive! :)

Linda, thanks for this information. We did not have any plans to plant any of the solanum family in there anyway, but it's good to have a reminder. No more taties left to do the test, but will keep it in mind. Thanks again. :)