What you see: A blackish, dark area under your potato’s skin; the surface may or may not appear damaged. What it is: The blackish coloration pictured above is a
Why do some potatoes leave a white mess on cutting boards?
What you see: Your potato has left a lot of white stuff on your cutting board. What it is: Potato starch!Eat or toss: Please do not eat your cutting board.
White area under potato peel
What you see: A strikingly white area just below the potato peel. What it is: A white “knot,” basically a bruise that didn’t turn dark colors, as bruises
Shallow blackened holes on potato’s exterior
What you see: Blackish spots or holes on your potatoes like those pictured above; they may go below the peel. What it is: Likely pores that were damaged and
Little holes in potatoes
What you see: Little holes in your potato, like the above photo. What it is: Wireworm damage!Eat or toss: As long as the holes are dry, you should be able to
Red potato with dark patches and green under the peel
What you see: A red potato with dark patches on its skin; below the skin the potato has turned green.What it is: In response to light exposure, the potato is
Black stuff on raw, peeled or chopped potatoes
What you see: Black stuff on your chopped or peeled potatoes. What is is: Oxidation after cells were damaged by chopping or peeling. Eat or toss: Eat! You can
Gray areas on your boiled potatoes
What you see: Grayish areas on your boiled potatoes.What it is: The technical term for this is after-cooking darkening, ACD for short.Eat or toss: Eat! Gray
Brown spots on potato chips? (Plus, lasers!)
What you see: Brown or black areas on your potato chips. What it is: Minor imperfections that don’t impact the safety of the chip—they could be bruises or the
Black pattern inside a raw potato?
What you see: A black pattern inside your potato What it is: A number of issues cause black areas to form in potatoes; the potato pictured above most likely
Potatoes with stems?!?
What you see: A papery, dried stem-y bit attached to your potato What it is: The remnants of a stem that should have fallen off Eat or toss: Pinch or cut it off
Gasp! Weird spots on your potato
What you see: Spots on your potato’s skin; they likely each have a larger outer circle and a dot at the center What it is: An infection of the little structures
Sprouting potatoes? Here’s what you need to know
What you see: Sprouts growing from your potato's "eyes." What it is: The potato trying to grow new potatoes! But the sprout may have higher concentrations of
Can you eat green potatoes?
What you see: Greenish skin on a potato. What it is: Chlorophyll buildup that signals the presence of solanine, a harmful toxin. Eat or toss? Is it just a
What’s up with this freaky hole inside my baked potato?
What you see: A potato with a hollow, brown-tinged center. What it is: Hollow heart, a harmless physical defect caused by field conditions. Eat or toss? Eat! As