Monday, September 12, 2011

Guest Post (The GrandCruMan): Purple Potatoes??

Well the Taster and I were browsing at Central Market in advance of Sunday's dinner and we were on a mission for good steaks. Luckily CM's New York Strip was on sale. And as we walked through the produce section I spied the purple potatoes and had to have some. I made a simple mash with cream and butter and was left wondering....were they better than russets or Yukon golds?

Turns out my taste buds said no, not better. So I did a little research. Turns out the purple potato is an heirloom variety; all cultivated potatoes belong to Solanum Tuberosum. That's not my answer to do they taste better or have better nutritional value? According to the purple potato is similar to white potatoes but has a much higher concentration of anthocyanin, the same antioxident in blueberries or other blue/black fruits. So I conclude it is more nutritious, but not as delicious! It wasn't as creamy as a Yukon gold or fingerling for sure.

1 comment:

  1. It was kind of like the taro we had in Hawaii.

    And I think kids would get a kick out of purple fries with Heinz's green ketchup.