Can You Eat Green Potatoes - Safe vs Unsafe

Beware Bad Green Potatoes - Can Be Poisonous or Safe - Not the Usual Urban Legend

Safe or poisonous? It all depends. Here is how to tell the difference, plus a government resource with even more information.

Can green potatoes make you sick? Yes, they can. And the more green you see, the more poisonous they are.

The 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:

Never eat potatoes that are spoiled or green below the skin.

Note the key parameter 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 after I bought it and there is absolutely no hint of green on the inside, then I'm fine with it.

May all your potato adventures be of the healthy kind. Do drop by the aforementioned Medline website, they have additional information.

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