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Subject: Purple Potatoes
Newsgroup: rec.food.cooking

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From: rap[at]usa.pipeline.com(rap[at]usa.pipeline.com)
Date: 22 Nov 1995 01:13:08 GMT
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I'm looking for any information re: purple potatoes.  The're even purple
inside!  What minerals etc. make the color? Origins? 
I found them at Safeway and they were grown here in Center, Colorado. 
 
They're delicious.  I'm going to make purple potato salad!

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From: Michael.Lerner[at]fsa.ulaval.ca (Michael Lerner)
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 1995 22:20:03 -0800
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I saw them about 1 1/2 years ago at the local farmer's market and I was
told that they were originally from Peru.

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From: pbyrnes[at]ix.netcom.com (Patricia C. Byrnes)
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 1995 13:26:43 GMT
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Those little purple potatoes are only one of the more than 100
varieties of potatoes found in Peru.  When I was there I tried to
taste as many varieties as possible, but only managed about 30.
It's amazing!  I had potato-cheese soup, various potatoe salads,
potatoe-lamb casseroles, potato-vegetable/bean combinations and some
type of sweet potatoes (not the sweet potato/yam we know) for dessert.

From what I've been able to read, potatoes were originally cultivated
by the Incas on their incredible terraces.  Only 1 variety was brought
to Europe and then to America, so there's a lot more yet to come.

Regards .... Pat

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From: dale[at]crl.com (E Dale Thompson)
Date: 24 Nov 1995 09:27:46 -0800
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If you're interested in growing some unusual potatoes, or even just 
reading about all the various ones available, get a catalog from  Seeds 
Blum, HC 33 Idaho City Stage, Boise ID 83706  (FAX 208-338-5658).  The 
1995 catalog offers 11 pink fleshed varieties, ranging for ""almost red" 
and "deep maroon" to "delicate creamy pink" and one that has " concentric 
white then pink rings with a pink design in the center",,,four purples,
three yellows.  Jan Blum says her interest in other-than- white potatoes  
came from a National Geographic article several years ago about Peruvian 
potatoes and she's been working with them ever since.

Rosemary

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From: cmathew[at]iadfw.net (Joan Mathew)
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 1995 13:12:19 GMT
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They make nice baked potato chips, too. It's nice to serve on a chip and 
dip tray, along with "regular" chips, pita wedges, etc.

Let us know how they taste! I've seen these in some of my gardening 
mail-order catalogs and always wondered about the flavor! If they resemble 
Idaho bakers...or Yukon Gold, or...?

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From: dawngatr[at]digital.net (Dawn)
Date: 25 Nov 1995 04:49:03 GMT
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I order purple potatoes (which are called all-blue) by the fifty pound
bags from a mail order company in Maine. They are organic. Its from
a natural occurring pigment in the potato. I guess its a hybrid
potato. Anway, they are wonderful. THE BEST potato I have ever
eaten. They are best baked or roasted. They have a wonderful texture
and have a slight nutty flavor. Try them...they are fabulous!

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From: jules[at]MQH.CIT.CORNELL.EDU (Jules A Hojnowski)
Date: 27 Nov 1995 15:16:59 GMT
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Dawn writes:
>I order purple potatoes (which are called all-blue) by the fifty pound
>bags from a mail order company in Maine. 

What is the address of this company????

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From: James Pavlovich 
Date: 28 Nov 1995 21:07:06 GMT
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When I was in grad school my roommate was a crop science student.
At the experiment station where he worked they used purple potatoes
as markers between various treatment fields.  He usually brought home 
bags and bags of the things and we lived on them-- especially 
as the month came to an end.  I thought they tasted great, not unlike 
good bakers you by individually in the market.  I used them for all my
potatoe needs, though one Thanksgiving the purple-grey mashed 
potatoes did not go over well with the aesthetically conservative
guests, but thay tasted great.  My favorite recipe was a 13" patty
od purple hash browns covered in sour cream, salsa, cheese, or 
whatever was in the fridge (Spaghetti sauce?).

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From: baldrick[at]ix.netcom.com (Nancy Wenlock)
Date: 22 Nov 1995 14:53:43 GMT
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All I know is that they are from the San Luis Valley area! I had never
heard of them or seen them till I moved to Colorado either. Neat, eh?!!

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From: hartmans[at]ix.netcom.com (Kay Hartman )
Date: 22 Nov 1995 15:08:31 GMT
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Purple potatoes are a natural potato variety from Peru.  In fact, Peru
grows many varieties of potatoes that are never seen outside the
country.

If you make mashed potatoes from your purple potatoes they will have a
beautiful lavender color.

Gee, what minerals etc. make blueberries blue or strawberries red.  I
don't know.  I never really worried about it.

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From: serifm[at]fastlane.net
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 1995 12:39:09 -0500
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Potatoes were discovered in Peru by the Conquistadores. They come,
naturally, in many colors, including black. The flavor differs slightly,
but all are edible.

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From: af877[at]FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Harry Dodsworth)
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 1995 23:00:56 GMT
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  I grew purple potatoes in 1993 and didn't like them much so
I had a lot of sprouty ones left over. I planted these in 1994
and they grew well and I liked them a bit better. Planted the
leftovers again and they grew the best of any variety this year
which was very hot and dry!

  One problem is harvesting them; I have black soil and as the 
skins are almost black in the ground, it is quite difficult to see
them.
  Also preparing them is difficult as with the dark skins and
bluish interior, it is hard to see bad spots that need removing.

  When cooked, they tend to go to a very brownish blue which isn't
particularly appealing. Also the texture is floury and the flavour
isn't very special.

  As to why they are purple, potatoes are very diverse genetically
which is why there are so many variations. The seed company 
offered all red potatoes as well this year. My favorite variety
is the banana fingerling potato.


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