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 Posted: Sat Nov 3rd, 2007 12:13 AM
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I thought I read the green under a potato's skin is not good to eat, that's it actually a poison. Seems like every potato I buy has it somewhat.

I reason I'm asking is I'm trying to take a look at what I'm eating and possible effects I'm feeling.

 



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If the green were poison there wouldn't 40,000,000 Irish scattered around the globe.:wink:



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Yaaaaa...I know I would have probably committed suicide if I had lived through the potato famine.

With my last name of "Kilbride" I probably have potato in my blood. 



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Ah, Kilbride. A Connaught man I see. The famine was particularly bad there. Your name means "follower of St. Bridget." (The "kil" is from "giolla," servant, and not "cill", church.)

Truly, if potatoes were poisonous there wouldn't be a Kilbride alive today anywhere in the world!

Eat 'em and be happy!



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According to Snopes.com at http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/potato.asp this is true. The green potato has a natural toxin called solanine. An according to Wikipedia:

Solanine poisoning is primarily displayed by gastrointestinal and neurological disorders. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, burning of the throat, heart arrhythmia, headache and dizziness. Hallucinations, loss of sensation, paralysis, fever, jaundice, dilated pupils and hypothermia have been reported in more severe cases.

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That bit of news put the heart sideways in me it did...all these years the wife has been trying to poison me. Shes been blaming the twelve pack of guinness I drink every night on the nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, headache, dizziness, and hallucinations I have the next morning.

I'm swearing off baked potato...it's french frys from now on. No potato skins for me.

 

 



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But isn't that a GREEN POTATO? And not just a bit of green in the "jacket"?

If you read the whole Snopes piece you will see that this is true.

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That's what I wondered too but I googled another article under "green potato" and it seems to be a natural chlorophyll process. One needs to consume over 4 pounds of potato which even I doubt I can eat in one sitting.

Apparently if the potato says grade 1 it has less green skin. The bottom pic is a potato out of my pantry from a bag stating it was grade 1. Looks like almost 50% of the skin on the one side is green near the surface. But it was the worst potato in the bag I could easily see green on.

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Everything below taken from the following article:http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/pages/publicationD.jsp?publicationId=208

This publication outlines how potatoes turn green and form a harmful substance which can cause an allergic reaction, and how to avoid this development.

Exposure of potato tubers to light in the field, in storage, on the store shelf, or at home will induce the formation of a green pigmentation near the surface of the potato (Figure 1). This is called "greening" and indicates the formation of chlorophyll. This process is completely safe and occurs in all plants. Chlorophyll is primarily found in leaves and is responsible for a plant's ability to make food through photosynthesis. The "United States Standards for Grades of Potatoes" (issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) considers greening of over 5 percent of a potato tuber as "damaging" and the lot will be graded below US Grade #1. Therefore, most green potatoes usually are removed before reaching the retail market.





Regardless I suppose I should be washing the dirt off them too before I eat them? 

This is totally off the subject but does anyone have a root cellar for storing your harvest. I've always wanted to built one up here in Minnesota but I suppose it will have to be one of those retirement projects.

Just something about in the dead of winter up here being able to go to one's root celler and select potato, onions, etcetera for the evening meal. It's critical I guess to have a dirt floor in a root cellar to allow the natural flow of things.


 

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Wolf, My grandfathers house cellar was about 8' X 16' under the bedroom in his house. Heat for the house was provided by an oil burner in the parlor and a wood stove in the dining room/ kitchen doorway. The bedroom door was shut during the day to preserve heat and the bed was piled high with quilts at night with the door open just a crack. Consequently the cellar with it's dirt floor and stacked limestone walls was cool year round. It opened directly off of an enclosed cold porch. My grandfather had 5 children and always grew enough potatoes, onions, carrots, and rutebegas for all of them and their families. As a kid I spent many fall afternoons picking up potatoes off the end of his digging fork, brushing off the dirt and carrying them down the cellar steps to be placed in bins about 4'X 4' X 3' feet deep. Each family had a bin and the grandkids for that family were expected to fill them. They all kept well into the next summer until the new potatoes would start being dug. Grandpa ALWAYS planted potatoes on Good Friday after the mid day church service, even if it meant shoveling off the snow and using a pick to carve a hole in the frost for a couple of hills. He insisted it brought good luck. If the year was fairly warm and open we'd have "new" potatoes by mid July. Root cellars work about the same. I know people here who use old abandoned water cisterns successfully too. RD



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Wolf Kill>>>>>>THIS SIR IS UTTER NONESENSE!!!

ALL THE IRISH PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD A LONG TIME AGO.

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It seems that people think it is safe to eat the potato skins. ... They are 100% safe to eat.

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Plainsman wrote: If the green were poison there wouldn't 40,000,000 Irish scattered around the globe.:wink:

Heard it allows you to drink totally ridiculous amounts of whiskey! And never have a BAC over .02 ?



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SGT_E wrote:Heard it allows you to drink totally ridiculous amounts of whiskey! And never have a BAC over .02 ?


Actually it's the Guinness wash after the shot that allows one to achieve that. RD



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It is actually carrots you need to be concerned with.

Do note in fact, that everyone who has eaten carrots prior to 1900, has DIED, some died terrible deaths.


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That and the Di-Hydrogen Monoxide stuff..... yeeehh! Truly nasty.........

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OldStuffer wrote: It is actually carrots you need to be concerned with.

Do note in fact, that everyone who has eaten carrots prior to 1900, has DIED, some died terrible deaths.

Statistics have proved that anyone who has eaten anything prior to 1900 has died.  They must have had some really bad food back then.



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RGB Sierra wrote:
OldStuffer wrote: It is actually carrots you need to be concerned with.

Do note in fact, that everyone who has eaten carrots prior to 1900, has DIED, some died terrible deaths.

Statistics have proved that anyone who has eaten anything prior to 1900 has died.  They must have had some really bad food back then.

Ya poo'd on my party there RGB. :wink:


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Told him he better have that stuff tested for D.H.M.O. (Di-Hydrogen Monoxide) contamination.
Injest too much, it will kill you.
Inhale even a small amount, it will kill you.
It has been found in cancerous tumors and in precancerous tissues (but, at this time has not been directly connected to cancer).
Used in the manufacture of paints, solvents, acids, styrofoam, all sorts of plastics and chemicals.
Fed to dairy cattle to increase milk production.

All sorts of other nefarious and unpleasant things.



Got a good panic attack for a while, out of more than just that poster. :lol:

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Reminds me of faking out a girl cousin when we were teenagers, we were at GMA's she had fixed squirrel stew,a favorite of mine, the cousin was a pretty good eater, I was worried about the competition, so I told her we were having an aqueas decoction of arboreal rodent, faked her right out!!!!!


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The green color is due to high levels of chlorophyll which in this case means an increased amount of Solanine. Solanine is a glycoalkaloid (poison found in nightshade family) toxin. When ingested it can cause any of the following symptoms* nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, burning of the throat, cardiac dysrhythmia, headache and dizziness. In more severe cases, hallucinations, loss of sensation, paralysis, fever, jaundice, dilated pupils, hypothermia. If ingested in high doses solanine can lead to death.
The best way to avoid ingesting solanine is to discard the green potato or for small spots completely cut away the green skin and section around it. Additionally if the potatoes have sprouted they too should be thrown out. Furthermore bitter tasting potatoes should not be consumed. You can avoid solanine from developing by storing potatoes in a cool, dry and dimly lit place with good circulation. Most of us not need be concerned with solanine because it is quite rare that a green potato is released into the market. Still keep an eye out for it and avoid.
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