Thursday, June 6, 2013

PURPLE POTATOES?....!#&*%$@#*&


Why you ask? Well, Im partial to highly colored vegetables. I always figured they must have some benefit over the blah colored vegetables...and they usually do!

Fresh purple potato from our garden
Our garden (one of them)

 Seven facts about purple potatoes:

1) They are from South America.

2) They have a creamy (especially when young) slightly more nutty taste than other potatoes. 

3) A half cup of purple potatoes contains 70 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of protein and no fat. That's slightly more protein and more calories than the equivalent amount of Russet potatoes.

4) Purple potatoes contain 4 times as much antioxidants as Russet potatoes!

5) The chemical that makes purple potatoes purple is called Anthocyanin. Anthocyanin has been shown in studies to inhibit chemically induced cancer of a rat esophagus by 30-60% and of the colon by up to 80%...thats cool!

6) All potatoes are high in potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure. But purple potatoes have extra antioxidants that make them even more effective than other potato varieties.

7) You can make stamps out of them!
Purple potato stamp

So if it calls for potatoes, why not go purple?

Purple potatoes mixed with Yukon Gold potatoes-from our garden

 Be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming Purple SWEET Potato Post...#%*&@$#!&

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