Purple Potatoes

How many have wondered exactly, where did the purple potato originate? Purple potatoes, that are also known as blue potatoes, originate in South America, namely in Bolivia and Peru. Their purple color comes from the pigment Anthocyanin.

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Their flesh and skin are a deep purple color. Once they are cooked, this turns blue. These potatoes tend to taste more nuttier than other varieties of potatoes. To keep the purple colour the longest, try to microwave. They can be bought already as crispy potato chips

Purple potatoes are known for their antioxidant qualities. They contain 4 times the amount of antioxidants found in Russet potatoes. They also are very nutritional. One-half cup of purple potatoes contains 70 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of protein and no fat.

So, if you want to impress your dinner guests, just boil or roast a few purple potatoes per person. They will not only be impressed, but they will also learn about how they grow and offer nutrition.

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