WHAT IS A PURPLE PERUVIAN POTATO?
For centuries this South American staple has also been called the “Food of the Gods.” Rich in marbled shades of blue and purple, this potato is generally oblong in size. Smaller in size then other potatoes, these tubers have a nutty flavor. In the 1500s Spanish sailors introduced this delicacy to Europe, consuming them on the way as an antidote to scurvy. Looking for a good recipe, check out this Lemon, Dijon mustard and thyme dressing potato recipe! In general these potatoes have a denser texture then your standard white, Idaho potatoes and a nuttier flavor.
WHY ARE PURPLE PERUVIAN POTATOES GOOD FOR YOU?
They’re rich in potassium, fiber, anthocyanin and carotenoids. A great source of antioxidants, the deeper the color of the potato the higher the concentration of anitoxidants.
WHEN ARE PURPLE PERUVIAN POTATOES IN SEASON?
They are available year-round but are most popular in the Fall. In general the smaller tubers are ready for harvest after about 3 months. However for larger sizes wait until the plant turns yellow about a month later.
HOW SHOULD PURPLE PERUVIAN POTATOES BE STORED?
Like with all tubers store them in a cool, dark place like a garage or basement. Do not store them in a refrigerator.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A PERUVIAN POTATO?
Peeling a bunch of tiny potatoes is an annoying, time consuming task. This is why many people will boil or par-boil them first. The skin then will slide right off! To see how to then cut the potato click here!
ARE POTATOES THE FIRST FOOD TO BE SUCCESSFULLY GROWN IN SPACE?
Originally domesticated around 8,000 B.C. in Peru, in 1995 the potato became the first plant to be successfully grown off planet. The space shuttle Columbia combined technology from China and the University of Wisconsin to successfully propagate tubers in space!