March 25, 2020

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 spent too much time in a place that was too cold.
Eat or toss: Eat! This potato might be a little sweeter than n...

November 25, 2019

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 and eat! This is harmless.

The story:

The first word of the day is abscission, otherwise known as the natural...

October 3, 2019

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 potatoes use to breathe
Eat or toss: If you’re truly committed (#nofoodwaste!), give the potato a deep peel...

August 20, 2019

What you see: Sprouts growing from your potato
What it is: The potato trying to grow new potatoes! But the sprout may have higher concentrations of toxins you don’t want to eat.
Eat or toss? How robust are the sprouts? If they're just about the size of pen-tips, scrape...

January 21, 2018

If we were to illustrate sadness with food, I think it might look like that haphazard pile of restaurant French fries that you just couldn’t quite finish. Wher

September 28, 2017

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 little green? If so, cut or peel away the green area, and eat! But if your potato is starting to look like an em...

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