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...

December 30, 2018

If you live in Washington, D.C., and have looked into reducing food waste in your kitchen, you’ve probably heard of Hungry Harvest. The fresh grocery delivery service finds homes for surplus, “ugly” and otherwise rejected foods in the region. Of course, EatOrToss is al...

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...

February 2, 2017

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!

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