Poison Potatoes? – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter P

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Poison Potatoes? – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter P #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter P

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2019/04/

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I always check my potatoes for green poison!

POISON POTATOES?

Are your potatoes poison? They could be. The potato is in the family of the deadly nightshade plant. All  green parts of the potato is highly toxic, including leaves, stems, sprouts (eyes), and even any green parts on the peeled potato.

If eaten, it will cause, at the very least, an upset stomach…and at the worst…death!

In the past, this alkeloid toxin was used as a remedy for ailments such as, pain relief, an anti-inflamatory, and to ease the symptoms of rheumatism. I would hope these were not administered orally! If they were, I wonder if the doctor wondered why his patients were not getting any better, or even died!

Cooking the potatoes will remove and destroy most of the alkaloid concentrations, so they are mostly safe to eat. Try not to use any potato that shows even a hint of green to the white part, just to be safe. Exposure to light will also cause a potato to turn green, so store in a dark place.

There are many varieties of the potato, and are a staple food source all over the world. I’m not going to stop eating them, but I am careful to cut away any green I see on them.

For a look at this information on the potato, and 9 other common foods that are a bit poisonous, follow this link. http://listverse.com/2009/01/06/top-10-poisonous

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“Poison”, by Alice Cooper, was released from his album, “Trash”, in 1989. It was written by Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, and John McCurry, and is on the Epic label.
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10 responses »

    • Thanks, Melanie! I heard about this a long time ago, and was like What!!! ??? Anyway, I cut around the green parts now. I love potatoes too much to quit eating them. 🙂

  1. I had heard about the green parts being poisonous but never knew they were part of the nightshade family and didn’t know sunlight makes them more green.

    • Thanks Li! I know, right! I’ve always avoided the green parts, and the eyes of the potatoes, but even more so since I read about them being poisonous parts.

    • Thanks, Christine! I’ve probably ate some green potato parts in the past, and as far as I know haven’t gotten sick from it. Probably cooking them takes out the bad stuff, but just in case, I cut the green parts off, and also the eyes & sprouts. 🙂

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