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Chefette

Green potatoes

I grow my own potatoes and this year I have quite a few that have some green skin. I know what it is - but am confused by some of the advice. I have been cutting off the green bits and cooking the potatoes as usual. Some sites say this is OK and some say that you should discard the potato completely. It seems a shame to waste the OK portion. Advice please?

Thank you

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Grannie Cool

Green Potatoes.

I too, have the odd green bit on the potato. I just cut it off like you do, and cook them. Never had any ill effects.

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Mouldy Sok

Green Pots

I too have had no ill effects from cutting off the green bit and eating it.

I also grow my own, although only lates this year, so not quite ready, I have been told that they go green because they were not built up enough and are growing to close to the surface. I am not a professional gardener though so I could well be wrong.

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Biggles !

Green tatties

We do the same, cut off the green bits, the bits that have been chewed, etc.

Been growing our own tatties for a few years and OH has adopted a growing principle that does not involve 'earthing up'. Some tatties are dug up and may have some green bits where they have been too close to the surface and before we had a dark store room some stored tatties went green. Mostly too good to waste and we are still here. Interesting post though I will have to do some research but I will probably continue to cut the green bits off. Too old to change.......

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Chefette

Green potatoes

Thanks! Sound advice. They do taste so muchbetter home grown - don`t they?!

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Chefette

Green potatoes

Thank you!

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Chefette

Green potatoes

when they are exposed to the light they produce a toxin, the green shows this, but just was reluctant to waste the whole potato! It seems from the other replies that just cutting out is the favourite recourse!
Thanks for your reply.

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Chazza

Green potatoes

The green part's not good for you at all. As stated above, its light exposure that causes this. They're part of the same family as tobacco and deadly nightshade and the green bits contain nicotine, atropine and all sort of other undesirables.

A little bit does no harm so cutting off green bits from fresh pots solves the problem, but in old ones the nasties migrate into the white parts. If you eat enough of those and you have a delicate constitution you could run into problems.

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Chefette

Green potatoes

Thank you Chazza!

 
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