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Is it safe to eat potatoes when the skin and/or flesh are greenish in color?


Green potatoes should not be eaten. The green color is a sign that the potatoes contain a toxic alkaloid called solanine. This substance is also found in the sprouts and vine and in spoiled potatoes. Discard green potatoes and remove sprouts from potatoes before consuming.
 

 

Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009

 

 


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