Midnight Moon Potatoes
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Midnight Moon potatoes are a rotund medium-sized potato, truly resembling a full moon. They have a creamy and robust flavor that is delectable in a wide array of dishes. Its skin is deep purple with starry white and tan freckles, and its flesh is bright, butternut colored, and perfectly moist.
Midnight Moon potatoes are available year-round.
The Midnight Moon potato is a new release hailing from Colorado. It belongs to the Solanaceae, or nightshade, family of plants. This cultivar is scientifically known as Solanum tuberosum cv. 'Midnight Moon'. Its name was inspired by the full “hunter’s moon” of October.
The Midnight Moon potato is an excellent ingredient in a well-balanced diet. It is low in calories and free from fat, salt, and cholesterol. One serving of a Midnight Moon potato contains more potassium than one banana. It is also a wonderful source of vitamin C, B6, and iron, and when prepared with the skin provides 8% of one’s daily fiber needs.
There is a wide variety of dishes in which the Midnight Moon potato plays a starring role. Its high moisture content makes it wonderful for baking, mashing, and salads alike. Because its shape and character hold up so well during cooking periods, the Midnight Moon potato also lends itself beautifully to soups, casseroles, and roasts. Perhaps the best property of this potato is that cooking does not mute its beautiful colors, so regardless of how it is prepared the Midnight Moon potato is sure to make a delicious statement!
Humans have been cultivating potatoes for thousands years. They were first grown by people in modern-day Peru. Spanish conquistadors encountered the root crop when they arrived in Peru during their search for gold. They began cooking with it, eventually relying on it for sustenance during their voyages back to Spain. Spanish farmers began planting potatoes on the continent, with the crop originally being used as livestock feed. Over time the potato spread throughout Europe, eventually making its way to all habitable corners of the world.
The Midnight Moon potato was developed at Colorado State University by Professor David Holm. It is a “half sibling” to the Masquerade potato, a unique cultivar that features stripes of purple and beige. The Midnight Moon potato was released in 2014.
Recipes that include Midnight Moon Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.
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