Inventory, 50 lbs : 3.00
This item was last sold on : 01/29/23
Purple potatoes range in size and are oblong to round in shape, averaging 10-15 centimeters in diameter depending on the variety. These tubers are easily identified by their vibrant, ink-colored skin, and they may have a smooth to russeted texture, a somewhat uniform to indented profile, and have shallow to medium-set eyes scattered across the surface. The starchy flesh ranges from a deep, saturated, solid purple, to purple with white striations, to a white and violet marbled appearance. When cooked, Purple potatoes are dense with a pronounced earthy, sweet, and nutty flavor.
Purple potatoes are available year-round, with peak season in the fall.
Purple potatoes, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum, is a general name encompassing dozens of heirloom and conventional varieties including Purple Peruvian, All Blue, Congo, Vitilette, and Purple Majesty. Purple potatoes are grown in both domestic and commercial capacities and have recently increased in popularity due to a market shift for antioxidant-rich foods. In addition to nutritional sustenance, Purple potatoes are also used as a natural dye in fruit drinks, vitamin waters, and ice cream.
Purple potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and the antioxidant, anthocyanin, which has been studied as an immune system booster.
Purple potatoes are best suited for cooked applications such as roasting, boiling, baking, braising, mashing, grilling, and frying. Purple potatoes are popularly used in soups, gnocchi, and can be boiled and served with salmon, eggs, and green beans in a Nicoise salad. They can also be sliced into fries or chips and mashed to make vibrant violet side dishes. Purple potatoes can also be boiled, smashed, baked, and served with crème Fraiche, dips, cashew sauce, or tomato-based sauces. Purple potatoes pair well with savory herbs and garlic, red meats such as pork and poultry, both rich and mild cheeses, other starchy vegetables such as corn and shelled beans, artichokes, and salad greens. Purple potatoes will keep for one to two weeks when stored in a cool, dry, and dark place.
Purple potatoes have been valued in South American culture as "food of gods" for centuries, but these tubers have recently grown in popularity in Western culture due to its unique, vibrant color and health benefits. In 2017, with social media becoming a predominant method of communication in the United States, consumers are sharing photos of vibrant Purple potato dishes and are disseminating information about the nutritional value of the tuber much faster than before. With the rise in immediate information sharing, Purple potatoes are no longer only found in restaurants but are also being used in healthy home cooking to create dishes to impress and entertain.
The Purple potato is native to Peru and Bolivia and spread to Europe in the 16th century when Spanish sailors gathered and used the tubers to cure scurvy for long voyages. Purple potatoes were recently introduced to the United States in the mid-1980s and first became popular in Los Angeles for its versatility, health benefits, and vibrant color. Today, Purple potatoes are commercially cultivated in South America, North America, and Europe and can be found at specialty grocers and local farmers markets.
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Hillcrest Farmers Market
Near San Diego, California, United States
About 16 days ago, 1/15/23
Sharer's comments : At Smit Farms
Little Italy Mercato
Smit FarmsNear San Diego, California, United States
About 94 days ago, 10/29/22
Specialty ProduceNear San Diego, California, United States
1929 Hancock St, San Diego, CA 92110
About 247 days ago, 5/29/22
Sharer's comments : Purple Majesty Potatoes from Weiser Family Farms
Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market
Smit FarmsNear Fairbanks Ranch, California, United States
About 352 days ago, 2/13/22
Sharer's comments : Peruvian potatoes!!