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Old 01-04-2008, 08:36 PM
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My family has had an organic vegitable garden for at least 4 generations.

Sometimes when a potato grows too close to the surface, it gets what we call "sun burn". The skin and a thin layer of the potato under the skin get a light green color.

According to local folklore a person should never eat the green part. It is said that it could cause cancer or at least make you sick. The affected potato is still considered good. Either all of the green is removed and the potato is eaten or the whole potato is just kept for seeding.

Has anyone ever heard of this before?
Know if it can really cause anything or make you sick?
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Just peel the green areas off and eat.
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Last summer, my step son left some potatoes out in the yard after he dug them up and they turned green. That was the first time I had seen potatoes turn green like that.

When a potato greens, it also produces solanine, a bitter, moderately poisonous alkaloid. This chemical may cause adverse reactions in consumers. Even so, Jardine said, a person would have to eat several pounds of potatoes at one sitting before this would affect them.
The potatoes left out in the sun were almost totally green. So they were disposed of.
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You shouldn't eat them like that... at least I was brought up believeing it. Try to store them somewhere dark and the green might actually go away.
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I've read that you shouldn't eat the green stuff. It contains a mild toxin.
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The green part of potatoe contain a toxin who will make you sick for a while (even kill you if the ingested quatity is too big). You can cut that part and eat rest of the potatoe without fear or keep that potatoe for planting, next year

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Potatoes are in the Nighshade family of plants. Others in this family are Tobacco, tomatoes, and peppers. Many of the plants in this family are toxic.

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Originally Posted by riverrat View Post
I've read that you shouldn't eat the green stuff. It contains a mild toxin.
Yes I read an article about this a few years ago. It is a mild toxin, nothing that would really hurt you unless you ate a uge amount of it. But why eat it if you do not have to.



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