In general, it's safe to eat raw potatoes, but it isn't recommended. Uncooked potatoes do have the potential to be harmful.Know More
Most of the toxic substances produced by potato plants are contained in the leaves and stems rather than in the part of the potato that grows underground that is consumed by humans. However, according to horticulturists at Purdue University, once potatoes have been harvested and exposed to sunlight, they may produce green patches on their skin that contain chlorophyll. Although chlorophyll isn't harmful, it is a sign that photosynthesis has occurred.
Another product of photosynthesis is solanine, a toxic alkaloid that is extremely harmful if eaten. For this reason, it is not safe to eat potato sprouts or potatoes with green spots on them. Unlike other harmful substances, including salmonella and e.coli, solanine is not destroyed by cooking.Learn more about Vegetables
Prevent browning of cut potatoes by storing them in water or by squeezing lemon juice over the cut potatoes. You can also add lemon juice or vinegar to the water for added protection against browning. Cut potatoes must be kept refrigerated until ready to use.Full Answer >
Potatoes that turn black after they are boiled do so for a number of reasons, such as undergoing a reaction with the cookware being used, having bruises due to being dropped and being stored in cold conditions. To keep potatoes from turning black, they should not be stored in temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit.Full Answer >
Potatoes may be ready to harvest between late June and September, depending on the variety. For instance, new potatoes can be harvested as early as 8.5 weeks after planting.Full Answer >
Eggs are unsafe to eat raw because they contain a bacteria called salmonella that causes intestinal infections, especially in young children and pregnant women, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Salmonella poisoning can cause fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting and even death.Full Answer >