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Potatoes from veg box feel spongy and are green underneath the skin - are they edible??

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Dinosaur Tue 27-Mar-07 20:46:53

I have a notion that green potatoes aren't very good for you! Does anyone know if the darn things are edible, or should they just go straight in the compost bin?

(From organic vegetable box to compost bin in just 10 minutes, and several quid down the drain - gah!)

MerlinsBeard Tue 27-Mar-07 20:48:21

nooooo don't eat green potatoes!

nickytwotimes Tue 27-Mar-07 20:49:26

mom is right. them there green tatties are not for the eating

TrinityRhino Tue 27-Mar-07 20:50:06

the 'not eating green potatoes' stems from when growing them you mustn'yt eat the green ones that are the seed potatoes (or something like that, I'm no garderner) but green potatoes that have gone green because they haven't been stored in the complete dark are ok to eat

Dinosaur Tue 27-Mar-07 20:54:10

Are you sure, Trinity?

this seems to suggest they are rather bad for one!

Er, anyone else out there?

zephyrcat Tue 27-Mar-07 20:56:36

Nope you musn't eat green potatoes.

Dinosaur Tue 27-Mar-07 20:57:28

TrinityRhino, take note!

tortoise Tue 27-Mar-07 20:59:00

I have eaten potatoes that are going green as long as i peel a good layer of greenness away!

Donk Tue 27-Mar-07 21:01:56

DO NOT EAT GREEN POTATOES - they contain and alkaloid poison called solanine. Even the non-green bits contain it (the green is just the chlorophyll that has been produced by the potato to allow it to photosynthesise....)

morningpaper Tue 27-Mar-07 21:03:17

I find that nearly all my organic pots have a green tinge after a few days

As they would have stored them this way 100 years ago I just chop the green bits off and eat them

morningpaper Tue 27-Mar-07 21:04:58

I have googled some stuff which says they are fine if you chop the green bits off

morningpaper Tue 27-Mar-07 21:06:26

according to wikipedia no reported cases of potato-source solanine poisoning have occurred in the U.S. in the last 50 years

greenday Tue 27-Mar-07 21:10:01

I read too (from a leaflet in my vegbox) that green potatoes turn green because they have been stored in the open. So I'm inclined to think like Trinity here as they didn't say that you can't eat them, but just to store them in the correct places.

Dinosaur Tue 27-Mar-07 21:16:06

Has this thing kicked off yet ?

PippiLangstrump Tue 27-Mar-07 21:18:11

janie oliver sais NO!! might give you 'tummy aches' (his words not mine!)
My mum sais better not too. and she adds that potatoes should be sored in the dark, possibly covered, so they last longer and do not grow bits! (she only told me last week!)

morningpaper Tue 27-Mar-07 21:19:07

Jamie Oliver is so prissy that he would get a tummy ache from any food bought in Asda

Dinosaur Tue 27-Mar-07 21:20:16

Well, I've compromised (I am so a Gemini).

I've binned the one which was green through and through, and carved the green bits off the others and salvaged what was left and wazzed them into a big veg curry.

I wouldn't mind poisoning DH anyway .

PippiLangstrump Tue 27-Mar-07 21:26:39

lol at dinosaur - exactly what I do (def a gemini thing then) and I DID pison DH once! he was in bed delirious for two days - getting up only to run to the toilet.

Dinosaur Tue 27-Mar-07 21:38:14

0h dear Pippi!

PippiLangstrump Tue 27-Mar-07 22:11:19

not too worry ... it was only the reharsal...

PippiLangstrump Tue 27-Mar-07 22:11:55

to, i meant!

Dinosaur Tue 27-Mar-07 22:12:38

Heh heh!

pointydog Tue 27-Mar-07 22:14:09

Green - bad
Sprouting - OK

luciemule Tue 27-Mar-07 22:14:32

Always thought you shouldn't eat green pots but then saw somewhere that if you peeled away green, the rest is fine. Perhaps don't try it though - just in case. I think the outcome from eating green spuds is stomach ache isn't it?

Dinosaur Tue 27-Mar-07 22:17:04

Shall I post on here tomorrow with an update?

Mind you, DH has just been in the pub for two hours, and I've had two glasses of wine at home, so if we do have stomach ache, it may not be all the fault of the green potatoes...

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