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Purple potatoes?

Postby slinky » 2nd Sep, '08, 17:49

I'm seeing purple potatoes in the stores now. Anyone know anything about them? What's the point?
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Lili Von Shtupp » 2nd Sep, '08, 17:57

Are they just red skinned, or purple all the way through?
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby slinky » 2nd Sep, '08, 18:01

They are not even remotely red - they are a deep purple, much like an eggplant. No idea if they are purple inside. The label on them calls them 'purple potatoes.'
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Burbage » 2nd Sep, '08, 18:14

slinky wrote:The label on them calls them 'purple potatoes.'


Must be from Australia.
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby slinky » 2nd Sep, '08, 18:25

Why Australia? Do you know what they are?
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Lili Von Shtupp » 2nd Sep, '08, 18:36

beets
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby slinky » 2nd Sep, '08, 18:39

Lili Von Shtupp wrote:beets


Nope. Not beets. They look just like regular potatoes except they are a deep purple color. It's bizarre. I might have to buy some just to see what the heck they are!
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Burbage » 2nd Sep, '08, 19:21

Snowy mountains, shark bay, big sandy desert, Big Wet, purple potatoes...

More common than you think. It's just the skin. If they're sort of long and thin they make great chips.
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby baloo » 2nd Sep, '08, 19:28

Unless it's the Okinawa Sweet Potato you've found

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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby canuck » 2nd Sep, '08, 19:46

could be ube
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Aliya » 2nd Sep, '08, 20:40

I bought some the other day, they are purple inside too.
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby slinky » 2nd Sep, '08, 20:44

Do they taste any different than regular potatoes? (If not, what's the point?)
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Re: Purple potatoes?

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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Fat Bob » 3rd Sep, '08, 00:09

slinky wrote:Do they taste any different than regular potatoes? (If not, what's the point?)


Ask the Maker. Or blame evolution.
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Burbage » 3rd Sep, '08, 05:17

If you go to South America there are about 500 hundred varieties of potato or something. There's probably a potato of every colour.
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby slinky » 3rd Sep, '08, 09:32

Burbage wrote:If you go to South America there are about 500 hundred varieties of potato or something. There's probably a potato of every colour.


There is according to K's link. Apparently the purple ones were saved for the Inca kings.

It's just not something I've seen before and noticed them in 2 different stores this week. Maybe I'll give 'em a try sometime.
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Burbage » 3rd Sep, '08, 09:35

So we can do a "Climatologist Causation"

Inca kings ate purple potatoes.
All Inca kings are dead.
Ergo: Purple potatoes are lethal.
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby slinky » 3rd Sep, '08, 09:38

Burbage wrote:So we can do a "Climatologist Causation"

Inca kings ate purple potatoes.
All Inca kings are dead.
Ergo: Purple potatoes are lethal.


:lol: Good point, maybe I'll give 'em a miss ;)
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby baloo » 3rd Sep, '08, 09:48

you wouldn't want to be a Purple tater Eater
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Possum » 3rd Sep, '08, 13:13

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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Satellite » 3rd Sep, '08, 15:26

I think that the most common carrot colour was NOT orange but something else (it's purple - i checked it up). People selected the orange colour because they liked it and now it is the predominant colour for carrots.

I'm sure the purple colour would serve some use in its lifecycle. - can't be for nothing.
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Fat Bob » 3rd Sep, '08, 23:03

You'd be surprised, there's lots of things on this world for no reason at all. We'll start with http://www.singapore-forum.com..... :D
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Re: Purple potatoes?

Postby Joy » 6th Sep, '08, 21:56

Purple Potatoes are readily available here in NY. Thy are originally from Peru and are naturally that color. When I served them a while back to my very German father he got upset. Why are they purple? Did you dye them? They are funny. Why did you not buy normal potatoes...

Do they taste any different. Hmn... Maybe a little but quite frankly they do not deserve the exorbitant price you pay for them here...

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