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Purple Fingerling Potatoes
Inventory, 10 lbs : 0
This item was last sold on : 05/21/13
Purple fingerling potatoes are available year round.
The Purple fingerling potato, botanical name Solanum andigenum, also known as Purple Peruvian fingerling, is an heirloom variety that is most often found in farmers markets, though it has incredible storage qualities. All cultivated potatoes belong to one botanical species, Solanum tuberosum. There are thousands of varieties of potatoes, of which dozens of purple potato varieties are cultivated today.
Purple fingerling potatoes are petit in length, roughly tubular with rounded ends. They have a vivid deep violet ink-colored smooth skin and flesh. Their flesh has a creamy waxy texture and a rich flavor to match their bold appearance. The entire potato is edible.
The Purple fingerling potato's striking pigment is its nutritional life force, thanks to the antioxidant powerhouse anthocyanin, which is responsible for the purple and blue color of fruits and vegetables. This flavonoid has been shown in studies to possess anti-cancer and heart-protective effects, as well as benefits like boosting the immune system and protecting against age-related memory loss. The purple potato's nutritional value and energy-rich properties have become factors for the potato's explosion in popularity in the late 20th century and early 21st century. Its ability to provide high quantities of vitamins, proteins, and antioxidants has become a valued measure of food security and sovereignty.
Purple fingerling potatoes are an invaluable staple in a South American kitchen and many recipes reflect such. Their historical culinary presence has lent them to perhaps thousands of recipes over thousands of years. Though, Peruvian in origin, the Purple fingerling potato can be utilized in any cuisine that would otherwise use potatoes. Purple fingerling potatoes can be roasted, braised, boiled, baked, fried for chips, and even confit'd. They pair well with savory herbs, garlic, pork, poultry, artichokes, both rich and mild cheese, other starchy vegetables such as corn and shelled beans and of course, salad greens.
The Purple fingerling potato is not unique in its place of origin. In Peru, it is one of 3000 varieties that have been cultivated by farmers for centuries. The Purple potato specifically may have been developed from a wild species that has inherent disease, pest, bacterial and frost resistance characteristics, thus its ability to survive and evolve as a 21st century crop. Though they may not have the obvious significance as the russet or yukon gold, genetic distribution and research places the purple potato as one of the very first potatoes ever cultivated and currently, one of the most popular potatoes worldwide.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Craft and Commerce (Sekscobra Inc.)||San Diego CA||619-962-5935|
|Alchemy Restaurant||San Diego CA||619-255-0616|
|Cafe Chloe||San Diego CA||619-232-3242|
|JR Produce||San Diego CA||858-270-3857|
|Top of the Market||San Diego CA||619-234-4867|
|Catamaran||San Diego CA||858-488-1081|
|Martinis above Fourth||San Diego CA||619-400-4500|
|Dolce Pane & Vino||Del Mar CA||858-832-1518|
|La Costa Glen South||Carlsbad CA||FRONT: 760-704-1000|
|San Diego Culinary Institute Inc.||La Mesa CA||619-644-2100|
|Jake's Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-755-2002|
|Cork and Platter||San Diego CA||619-253-8311|
|JRDN Restaurant||San Diego CA||858-270-5736|
Recipes that include Purple Fingerling Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.
|In Good Taste||Purple Potato Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Rosemary|
|Herbivoracious||Potatoes, Chanterelles, Shallots in Red Wine Sauce|