An Introduction To The Purple Potato - A Protein-packed Super Food


What is a purple potato?

The purple potato (aka Solanum andigenum) hails from Peru and Bolivia and has thousands of different varieties such as the purple peruvian, all Blue, congo, lion's Paw, vitilette, purple viking and the purple majesty to name but a few. This potato is packed full of good nutrients, essential vitamins and antioxidants making it a popular cooking ingredient. The vegetable can be dated back to eight thousand years ago, as it has a reputation for being able to thrive in harsh climates and cultivations, which also gives it the ability to withstand invasive diseases that would normally kill other similar crops. It's mainly used as an accompaniment just like the counterpart starchy potato we use every day, so it goes well with any type of meat, vegetable, poultry or fish dish. The purple potato is becoming very popular in Western cuisine because of its diversity and availability in mainstream stores.

What does it taste like?

The purple potato gets it's name from the violet-coloured skin it grows in. Inside the texture can also be purplish in hue with veins running through it giving it a marbled appearance. Much like normal potatoes, they are full of starch and quite dry with a scent that hints of nuts; chestnuts or hazelnuts. It has a sweet after taste and is small when compared to regular potatoes. They're available during most seasons and when left to mature they can take on an oblong shape and size, making them perfect for chip-making. You might have to go further afield to purchase purple potatoes as many supermarket and grocery stores don't automatically stock them. If you're looking for fresh produce you'll pick them up at farmer's market stalls or vegetable speciality shops. If you're looking for a food that has health benefits, the purple potato has a lot to offer.

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