Blue Potatoes

by - June 08, 2011



Never one to be accused of being patient, I just had to find out what the blue potatoes were doing under the soil. Selecting the weakest looking plant, I sent my trowel down into the soil and loosened the plant roots, careful not to scar the potatoes. I then grabbed the plant with my fist and pulled upward which unearthed several dark colored globes. I then dug around the hole searching out the ones left behind.

The color is an astounding purple just under the outermost skin which is a blackish-violet color. I found these "Adirondak Blue" potatoes on a bottom shelf at Lowes, where there were only a couple bags of slightly soft blue seed potatoes remaining. I wasn't sure if I was too late in planting them, but it looks like I was right on time!

Have you ever eaten blue potatoes? Is there a flavor or texture difference? I'd love to hear your favorite way to prepare them.

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6 comments

  1. we just mix them with other fingerling potatoes of various colors, like pink and yellow, and wash and coarsely cube them (about 1-1.5" big cubes), add several whole garlic cloves, toss in olive oil, and salt and season generously (I use the dried herb mix avail. at the NC farmer's market). put in a 400 degree oven and stir every 10 min until thoroughly cooked through and slightly shriveled. garlic is sweet and awesome! grandma's recipe.

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  2. Oh man. That sounds glorious! I just pulled up a bunch of garlic too. Mmmm.

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  3. I've never had blue potatoes but had purple peruvian (bigger fingerling), purple sweet potato, and purple yam (Philippines). You piqued my interest!

    Beautiful potatoes, Paige!

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  4. Annapet, thanks! I've keep hearing about fingerling potatoes but have never tried them. I just mixed the blue potatoes in with some Yukon Golds and spring onions for a goat cheese potato au gratin dish. I can't wait for dinner!

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  5. Paige, My daughter is growing these this year. Have you cooked them yet? What did you think??

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  6. They were delicious and so much smoother and creamier than the Yukon Golds. I like the taste better too. I think I've found my new favorite potato!

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