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Jun 23, 2006 04:58 PM

Eating Potatoes Raw

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All my life I've heard of folks who eat potatoes raw, like apples. And while my love for the spudly is second to no one's, I'm starting to suspect it's a myth.

Is there anyone out there who actually does this? I mean: picks up a potato and eats it like an apple (peeling being permitted)?


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    Seth Chadwick

    I have tried it and I simply can't get past the horrible pastiness of the starch. Blech.

    I have never seen anyone eat a potato like an apple.

    I think you are correct about it being a myth.

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    1. re: Seth Chadwick

      My kids do it. I can't bear the taste, but they learned it from their mother, and eat raw potatoes all the time.

      Turnips ... I like those better raw than cooked.

      1. re: Kirk

        Oh, turnips. Turnips rule. Raw or cooked, dressed or naked. Thank God my family likes them, so I have an excuse to keep them in the pantry weekly.

      2. re: Seth Chadwick

        i eat raw potatoes all the time. I love them, i do just literally pick one up, wash it then eat it.

          1. re: Seth Chadwick

            Oh so not true that this is a myth! while I don't eat potatoes like apples, I do enjoy a few slices raw with salt when I am preparing potatoes for supper. And Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh has a potato stand that sells both french fries and raw potatoes.

          2. I've seen my mother eat raw potato. Usually a slice or two while making some dish. But never like an apple.

            1. To quote an post below: "ewww!"


              1. have you ever tried the chinese potato dishes that are stir fried? (sometimes on "mao menus) they are still rather crisp and not really to my taste.

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                1. re: jen kalb
                  Robert Lauriston

                  Old Mandarin Islamic in San Francisco (where I assume Jim Leff still is) makes stir-fried potatoes that are almost raw. More like a salad than a starch. Startling but good.

                  1. re: jen kalb

                    I don't like potatoes "rare" either. Raw or cooked, is ok.

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      Jen, I know the dish you are talking about. It is McDonalds-fry-size potato strips quickly stir-fried with scallions, garlic, vinegar, and lots of black pepper, and I find it delicious. The potatoes are a little hard, but it is a long way from raw, which is disgusting.

                    2. Used to eat raw potato when I was a kid. Peeled & sliced with salt & pepper. It's been decades ago, so I don't know how it would strike me now.

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                      1. re: Chimayo Joe

                        Had them like that once when some friends of my folks took care of us over a weekend. There was an Elvis movie marathon going on and, since it was so odd and I've never eaten them raw again, I somehow always link raw potatoes with Elvis. Funny how the mind works.