Purple Potatoes

Have you tried Purple potatoes?

 

purple potatoes

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I love potatoes! So when I saw purple potatoes I knew I need to try them!

They have eye-catching dark purple colour of skin and flesh. Depending on the specific variety, their coloring can be opaque or marble throughout the flesh. There are several different types of purple potatoes such as Purple Peruvian, All Blue, Congo, Lion’s Paw, Vitilette, Purple Viking and Purple Majesty (deepest purple colour).

 

purple potatoes

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Where they came from?

Purple potatoes are cultivated in potato growing regions of Europe, South and North America . The diversity of Purple potato varieties, their resistance to disease and ability to withstand harsh conditions has allowed them to evolve for thousands of years into a 21st century food crop. The Purple potato is native to the Lake Titicaca within the high plains and mountain slopes of Peru and Bolivia. They are among thousands of varieties that have been cultivated for nearly 8000 years in the Andean regions of Peru, Boliva, and Ecuador.

 

Cooking

Purple potatoes can be can be used like regular potatoes; roasted, braised, boiled, baked, fried for chips, and even confit’d. They can become a little mushy when overcooked. They pair well with savory herbs, garlic, pork, poultry, artichokes, both rich and mild cheese, other starchy vegetables such as corn and shelled beans and of course, salad greens. Purple potatoes are available year-round.

Purple potatoes have a delicate skin which contains many of the beneficial nutrients. This skin should be kept on when cooking to gain the maximum nutritional benefit.

 

What makes them so special?

The colour is the obvious reason, but the presence of colour is not only eye-appealing, but it also has health benefits!

 

The purple colour is the antioxidant, called anthocyanin. This flavonoid is most often found in blue, red and purple produce such as berries and pomegranates and has been shown to be an immune system booster and aid in the prevention of certain cancers.

All potatoes are naturally high in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. But the extra antioxidants in purple potatoes make them even more effective than other potato varieties. According to a study published in 2012 in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” the antioxidant content of purple potatoes helps lower blood pressure levels.

They are also used as healthy food – colouring alternative to chemical ones.

 

I cooked purple potatoes and served it with grilled camembert cheese and salad.

purple potatoes

 

photo credit: Mike Gardner

 

I would like to try soup, that could look crazy!

Have you tried purple potatoes? Do you like them?

Ali

 

Sources:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/purple-potatoes-nutrition-2182.html

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Purple_Potatoes_641.php

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/10/13/purple-potatoes-pack-mega-antioxidants-compared-to-white-fleshed-potatoes/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/346316-purple-potatoes-nutrition-facts/

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