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3474Re: [pfaf] Blue potatoes

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  • Geir Flatabø
    Dec 1, 2008
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      They are not GMO, they are old varieties,
      and since fruiting might give new seedling offsprings.
      In Norway we have at least 4 varieties differing in the degree of coloring
      through the tuber,
      being the "blackest one" "Svart Valdres" also yealding the least, looking
      most primitive - elongated tubers with lots of deep eyes.
      The one grown commercially Blå Congo, is an early variety, also grown in
      THey are blight susceptible, not easy to grow, but tasting OK.
      Especially OK to serve as "Mashed potatoes" in a childrens party...

      Ive tried a few red varieties without luck, much too disease sensitive...

      Geir Flatabø

      2008/12/1 Griselda Mussett <griselda1@...>

      > Yes, they are quite tasty. Some are quite old varieties like Edzell
      > (sp?) which has been around for about 100 years I think, named after
      > a place in Scotland. You can get black, blue and purple spuds as
      > well as red and white of course. We've been eating and growing these
      > for several years.
      > Griselda
      > On 30 Nov 2008, at 22:29, Peter Ellis wrote:
      > > Today I found something I'd never heard of before, in a local
      > > supermarket, blue potatoes. Googling them produced lots of results,
      > > which really surprised me. I thought I'd come across most foods
      > > before,
      > > as I've travelled extensively, but I'd never heard of these, let alone
      > > seen them before.
      > > Since they were locally produced, I think I might try growing some,
      > > although they apparently aren't noted particularly for flavour. One
      > > source reckoned they were high in antioxidants though.
      > > I was a bit surprised at finding them, as food colour is
      > > controversial.
      > > I recollect one university experiment where researchers used food dyes
      > > to colour common foods unusual colours, then tested demand by offering
      > > them to members of the public. Things like green hamburgers went down
      > > like a lead balloon!
      > > Googling also brought up red (as in red fleshed) potatoes and things
      > > like Yellow Finn, with suggestions for patriotically coloured dishes.
      > >
      > > Has anyone any experience of these?
      > >
      > > Cheers
      > >
      > > Peter
      > >
      > >
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