Storing: Green Potato's

Subject: Green Potato's
From: baranick at (R.J. Baranick)
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 1997 01:38:53 GMT
Found a few green-tinged potato's in my bin today.
Seem to remember something about green potato's being toxic......

Can any potato expert help me?
From: kwilhite at (kevin john wilhite)
Date: 8 Apr 1997 04:57:34 GMT
The following is from: [dead link. later redirect blocks from]

go to the above web site and click on p. Follow to potato section.

green tinge is indicative of excessive exposure to light caused by the alkaloid solanine, toxic if eaten in quantity. Cut or scrape away and the spud can be eaten.
From: Dominique (hk at
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 1997 08:33:20 -0700
Just because the green is only on the outside doesn't mean that the toxins are not further into the potato. ONly the outside is capable of turning green. The solanine is also under the skin and is toxic. It is dangerous in large quantities, can build up and get stored in the body and trimmings of these potatoes should definately be kept from all pets and farm animals.

I used to always listen to my husband who wanted me to be frugal and not throw them out (we used to give them to the chickens instead) but being the extra cautious type I did research at the library about this. Trimming occasionally is no big deal but be aware that alkaloid solanine is stored in the liver.

Dominique the cautious
From: Mitch Smith (smithm at
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 18:52:07 -0500
The green in a potato skin contains an alkaloid poison - solanine, that consummed in large enough quantities, can affect your health. Though a little bit won't bother most people, it should be avoided. The potato is still usable, but the green should be removed until not visible. Likewise, if a potato begins sprouting, these also contain the poison and should be removed also. [Foundations of Food Preparation by Peckham]
From: Tanja Wiebe (twiebe at
Date: 12 Apr 97 14:23:47 GMT
Somebody watched Oprah yesterday!!
From: lea at (Lea)
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 1997 20:05:03 GMT
Toss em. This is very unlikely to kill you, but it can give you a nasty bellyache and a general feeling of indegestion after a nice meal and potatoes are cheap. Keep them from the light and toss them when they are this old. If the potato isn't GREEN at all, (and you need to wash it and look under a good light,to tell), it is ok to remove small eyes, with a paring knoife. I toss potatoes with major sprouts as well. If you live in an area that has lots of loose potatoes it may not always be a brgain to buy them in large bags.
From: idlewild at (Idlewild)
Date: 13 Apr 1997 11:48:05 EDT
i have a beautiful sprouting sweet potato in my vegetable bowl - no 'green' bits in sight, but if i sever the sprouts, can i still eat it w/o a problem...?
From: mmt at ( Mar)
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 18:27:29 GMT
Idlewild wrote:
>i have a beautiful sprouting sweet potato in my vegetable bowl - no
>'green' bits in sight, but if i sever the sprouts, can i still eat it
>w/o a problem...?

Don't know about eating it, but when I was a kid, we used to put them in a glass of water and let them grow- mine smothered Mom's african violets, was down to the floor and heading for the cat when Mom decapitated it and threw it out.