In general, it's safe to eat raw potatoes, but it isn't recommended. Uncooked potatoes do have the potential to be harmful.Continue Reading
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
For the perfect potato salad, you should boil your potatoes for about 15 minutes in salted water or until they are just tender and easily pierced with a fork. Most important is to not overcook the potatoes, as this will yield mushy or mealy salad.Full Answer >
When baking potatoes on a grill, make sure they are cleaned thoroughly and wrapped in aluminum foil. This method helps the potatoes cook faster, as the foil conducts heat and traps it. Using foil also gives the potatoes softer skins.Full Answer >
Maple roasted sweet potatoes, sweet potato-peanut bisque, black bean-smothered sweet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes are all easy sweet potato recipes. Black bean-smothered sweet potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes can be made in only 20 minutes each.Full Answer >
Low-calorie recipes for ranch potatoes include Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes, Scallion-Ranch Baked Potatoes and Healthy Low-Fat French Fries. These recipes substitute low-calorie cooking alternatives for products like ranch dressing and oil to make healthy, but tasty ranch potatoes.Full Answer >