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Mar 11, 2008 11:29 AM


If your potatoes have sprouts, are they safe to eat (if you cut off the sprouts)?

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  1. I think so, as long as there's nothing else wrong w/the potato. My mom did this all the time, and I'm always using sprouted garlic.

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    1. re: Lucia

      I always remove the sprouts and eat the potatoes. Did this just the other night.

      1. re: Sean

        Actually, I do this all the's just that a friend of mine questioned it...she said the potato was not healthy to eat. I didn't think that, if the sprouts are removed, I think they're fine.

    2. If your spuds have sprouted, safe to say they have been in your pantry for a while. The presence of sprouts are a good reminder to check the entire potato for potential rot.

      1. Safe to eat. Apart from obvious mould, the only time a potato is not safe to eat is if it's green under the peel. Something to do with them being grown too near the surface means they don't develop properly. Can cause vomiting.

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        1. re: Harters

          I believe the green is a sign of the presence of toxin, and should be avoided.

          1. re: moh

            By that time the cooked potatoes have a really unpleasant taste and sort of numbs your lips anyways... of course, if you keep eating then you really have yourself to blame (I admit I've eaten mildly green potatoes and it's all my fault).

            1. re: Blueicus

              Ah ha, here is a thread talking about green potatoes and the toxin, which is called solanin. In this site, they say you can also be exposed if you eat new sprouts too, so they do recommend taking them off, and avoiding the green parts of the potato. Sounds unpleasant.


        2. You should trim off any green discoloration and/or sprouts, according to:

          "Q. What is the green coloring on the potato skin?

          A. The green on the skin of a potato is the build-up of a chemical called Solanine. It is a natural reaction to the potato being exposed to too much light. Solanine produces a bitter taste and if eaten in large quantity can cause illness, this is unlikely, however, because of the bitter taste. If there is slight greening, cut away the green portions of the potato skin before cooking and eating.

          Q. Why do potatoes grow sprouts?

          A. Sprouts are a sign that the potato is trying to grow. Cut the sprouts away before cooking or eating the potato. To reduce sprouting, store potatoes in a cool, dry, dark location that is well ventilated."