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 >
It takes 30-40 minutes to roast potatoes in a 375-400 degree Fahrenheit oven. Some recipes recommend shaking the baking sheet at regular intervals to achieve maximum and even crispiness.Full Answer >
To steam sweet potatoes, gather a pound of sweet potatoes, cooking oil, pumpkin seeds and several seasonings. Steam the potatoes, and add the seasonings once they're cooked. It takes approximately seven minutes to steam a pound of sweet potatoes.Full Answer >