Beware Green PotatoesThe green is just chlorophyll, but it is an indicator that another chemical is present; which is indeed a toxin. And it is a nerve toxin at that. It is present throughout the entire plant. The toxin is known as solanine and is dangerous even in small amounts.
I've been seeing a lot of false information out there on the subject, so I thought I would point people towards a legitimate source.The National Institute of Health federal website, MedlinePlus, will tell you everything you need to know.
The whole poisonous green potato thing is not exactly a national epidemic. In fact, deaths are quite rare.The key sentence in the Medline website is:
Note the part about "below the skin".
My personal philosophy on the subject...
- If the store potatoes have even the slightest tinge of green, I'm not buying.
- But if I cut one in half at home that has developed a slight green tinge on the outside and there is absolutely no hint of green on the inside, I'm fine with it.
What with all the other posts on the subject already out there, this page will probably never see the light of day on the search engines. But if it helps at least one person, then it has done its job.
May all your potato adventures be of the healthy kind. Do drop by the Medline website, they have additional information.
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