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Mmm ... Purple Disease-Resistant Potatoes

Hemos posted more than 13 years ago | from the eight-a-day-is-all-you-need dept.

Science 277

the_ph0x` writes: "An article on Reuters describes a new breed of potato as being resistant to disease, able to grow in low nutrient soil and ... purple. Not all that interesting unless you're from an area where blight is a problem. At least we'll know we can always live on potatos, which who doesn't anyway ... mmm purple tater-tots." Combine it with the hideous green ketchup Heinz is making, and eating can be like a Kadinsky ? painting!

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FP - kill all the sporks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2315824)

ACs rule!!! W00t!!!

Why Purple? (1)

RoninAdmin (322783) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315827)

Anyone know?

Re:Why Purple? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2315870)

These "potatos" are, in fact, Barney's poop.

Shit! I just coughed up blood...

Re:Why Purple? (1)

Schrodinger's Mouse (466881) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315879)

The article makes it seem like they just happen to be purple, that this potato strain just evolved that way.

Yeah, fine and dandy, but just wait until EVERYBODY is planting this variety. Can you say Ireland, 1840?

Re:Why Purple? (-1)

INicheI (513673) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315937)

Now who would eat a purple potato? that seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, and I know that the brown potatos i know and love are fine with me.

Re:Why Purple? (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316079)

See what happens when you troll? Auto -1.

Enjoy the freedom.

Re:Why Purple? (2, Interesting)

chetohevia (109956) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315946)

Purple potatoes are widely available in South America. They're also found in some fancy grocery stores in the US. Just like green and yellow and purple tomatoes, they are now regarded as "heirloom" varieties, and grown only for the novelty. Like the red carrots with more beta carotene, or the blue and purple corn sold for decorations (quite edible, although not as "saleable" to picky american eaters) it's perfectly natural.

The homogenization of varieties led to blight spreading too easily, and rediscovery of "heirloom" foods (popularly tomatoes and roses-- the tomatoes are tastier and the roses better-smelling, although not as good for shipping long distances) has become something of an organic-hippie fad. That's good.

If everything becomes purple potatoes, i imagine it'll be back to homogenization again. :(


There are markets for mis-coloured foods... (1)

4mn0t1337 (446316) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316205)

blue and purple corn sold for decorations (quite edible

What I think you intended to say was "sold for consumption (but quite nice for decoration)" &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp ;)
I grew up eating this stuff and think it has quite a good flavor. And nothing beats a tortilla made from blue corn.

although not as "saleable" to picky american eaters

Although a lot of people won't touch it in ear form, all you have to do is just slap a label on products made from blue corn that says "Southwest Style" or "Santa Fe" and people will buy the stuff.

Except for the popcorn. Haven't seen *any* labels than can seem to convince people to buy blue popcorn...

Re:Why Purple? (2, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316141)

> Why Purple?

The pests think it's eggplant, and won't touch it.

Re:Why Purple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2316229)

According to research, colored plants, such as purple contain more antioxidants, or some other helpful type "stuff".
for example: "Purple carrots contain anthocyanins, pigments that act as powerful antioxidants"

search google for "vegetable purple color health" and you will find a slew of links.

"too lazy to get yet one more online account"

Re:Why Purple? (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316195)

Just another example of the varied ways that the Artist Formerly Known As Prince has become a fundmental force in our world.

Or it could be the final ingredient of a recombinant poison being spread by the Joker.

(Sorry. Watched Batman (Keaton & Nicholson) last night.)

frist post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2315828)

worst post ever!

Da History Of Motherfuckin' Emmanuel Hitler (-1, Flamebait)

Emmanuel Hitler (522635) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315832)

"Dis be what happened to get muh ayazz here."


So back da fuckin' day n' shit I had a fuckin' ancestor niggrah in Niger. He lived in a fuckin' tree and chased monkey's and threw fuckin' spears n' shyit. The asshole had one fuck of a good life, till the fuckin' whitie man got on the wrong turf. There were no gizzats back then, so muh nigs got on a shyip n' shit.

Fuckin'...they went to a cotton place or some shit. They would pick cotton for whitey and get whipped for it. If they learned to read, they get a gat in the face, yo. Word.

So when dat white fuck let the slaves free n' shit, Great grandnig was free n' shit. He fuckin' met my Grat Grandma bitch and they fucked...a fuckin' lot, negro. After a while, my fuckin' Grandpa popped outta Great Grandho's poon.

Some fuckin' day, a crackah-ass Skinhead bitch raped Grandma up the ass and shot her in the clit and stole her crack and her 40. Grandpa went ape-shit and tried to kill whitey. Shit went down, and Grandfuck joined the fukkin' army n' shit so he could carry a fuckin gat or some shit.

One day some Germany whities try to start a war or some shit. Grandfuck was sent to Germany land to fight the Niza's. Grandpa was amped out one fuckin' night from Germaine crizzack rizzock. The nig was chasin Jeebus around and fuckin stepped on a land mine or some shit. He had to go to duh fukkin' hospitable. There he fuckin' met muh Grandmizza. They fizzed the shiznit outta each other till GRandies ebony rhythym stick turned fukin white.

Months or some shit latah, Muh Mizzom pops her black ass outta Gramndna cunt. Affah dat, some whizzite Neezah bitch fucked Grandpuhs ayazz and capped his ayazz. Grizzma saw dat shit and ran. Duh dumb bitch end up in some white people party an nevah came back o' shome shit.

Affa dizzat, some Noza find Mizzom and told da beotch if he fizzucked her tight blackass, he wouldn't throw no bleotch in da face o' some shit. Mowma said fuck yeah o' some shyit, and dat was fuckin' dat.

Fuckin' years or some shit latah, da big fro whizzite Nicza bitch found out dis crazy-negro shit. He bring fuckin' Mowme to the Headquarters fuckin' crib n shit. They all pass da bitch roun n' shit. She not even get paid from dem. Massa Hitelir fuck dat puss when Mizma wuz old enuff and affa dat, ah pizzopped muh pearly whits outta dat cizzunt. Fuck if ah now, but I be here n' now. Yeah. I'm blizzack gizzowd n' shit. Nigs woship muh ayazz, an yo ass should too.

Das why duh fuck I be here, nigs.

Diabetics (Type I) (2, Informative)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315835)

At least we'll know we can always live on potatos, which who doesn't anyway

Diabetics have to watch their sugar/carb intake. My wife is diabetic.

Glad I could clear that up ;-)

Re:Diabetics (Type I) (-1)

TRoLLaXoR (181585) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316148)

SHe still lives on carbs. The human digestive system optimally creates glucose from carbs, be they starch or simple r complex sugars...

Though the body can turn protein and fat into glucose, it'll take carbs-- diabetic or not-- every time.

Re:Diabetics (Type I) (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316200)

Its not that she -can't- eat carbs, she has to watch that she doesn't eat to much. High blood sugar is bad in the long-run.

Mmmm.. genetically modified food... (5, Funny)

Wakko Warner (324) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315836)

Them's good eatin'.

Till you grow a third nipple.

- A.P.

Re:Mmmm.. genetically modified food... (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315880)

Read the article. Its eat a genetically altered potato, or eat a potato dosed in chemicals.

The choices almost make themselves!

Re:Mmmm.. genetically modified food... (1)

liquid_5n4k3 (522599) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315894)

Damn ye journalistic integrity!

Good to see Luddites are still around (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2315934)

We need 'diversity.'

And what's wrong with a 3rd nipple? Haven't you seen Total Recall?

Re:Good to see Luddites are still around (2, Funny)

Wakko Warner (324) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315954)

There's nothing at all wrong with a third nipple, damn it. I'm actually eating these things by the bucketful.

- A.P.

Re:Mmmm.. genetically modified food... (-1)

Trollificus (253741) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315974)

You can never have too many nipples.

Re: grow a third nipple (0)

kiwipeso (467618) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316043)

I'll get my girlfriend to eat a lot of purple potatoes then.

Her 2 are good, hand sized. But 3?
Damn, I'll love that shit. 1 for each hand, 1 for mouth...

Re: grow a third nipple (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316116)

Ok, so her nipples are hand-sized? Sounds like she is a genetic freak (is she purple)?

Re:Al Bundy (1)

sys$manager (25156) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316206)

One on the back, for dancing.

Re:Mmmm.. genetically modified food... (1)

aethera (248722) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316044)

Read the article....
It is not a genetically modified crop. It is just a very obscure variant that seems to have its own natural resistance. And happens to be purple.
In fact, it is such a rare variant that (according to the article) it doesn't even have a name.

Re:Mmmm.. genetically modified food... (2)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316099)

The article may say it's rare, but I've had purple potatos in Peru plenty of times, as well as dozens of other varieties. I'm currently growing another variety of Peruvan potato called "oca" in my garden, which is particularly nutritious and has a nice nutty flavor.

Peru has over a hundred varieties of potato - if the British had brought back a decent assortment of potatos, instead of just the quick-buck high-yield-but-blight-sensitive variety, there would never have been an Irish potato famine.

Re:Mmmm.. genetically modified food... (1)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316237)

Yeah, we grew purple fleshed potatoes on the farm when I was a kid. They tasted like regular potatoes, but didn't keep as well and were perhaps slightly drier inside. I sure wish I could remember the varietal name, but they were obviously not G.M. back in those days. I don't know if they were blight resistant, but they certainly were not resistant to the omnipresent potato-beetle.

Re:Mmmm.. genetically modified food... (2, Funny)

cavemanf16 (303184) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316105)

I'm still waiting for the ever popular tomacco to hit the market. Dang FDA approval process. So what if it tastes like Grandma?!

Guinea Pig (2)

mosch (204) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316137)

dont ya tell me what youre putting in my lunch box
dont tell me what your feeding me today,
dont fill my head with trouble while im scarfin down a cheese soufle

i wanna be a new, original creation
a cross between a moose a monkey and a fig
i'm ready Monsanto let me be your guina pig

cuz the seed we sew aint good enough
the earth we plow it aint good enough
the food we grow well its never been up to scratch,

the geezer with the beard and all the angels
made a few mistakes I dont know why
we dont need him anymore if geneticly modify

so dont ya tell me what you're puttin in my lunch box
i got a crazy pioneering additude
dont bother me with labels gotta get a belly full of franken-food

gotta geta belly fulla franken-food

--Moxy Fruvous []

Made by Dentrassis (1)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315847)

Really hoopy food. But they really hate Vogons.

Hey, we all hate Vegans. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2315907)

Er, wait - what did you say?

Re:Hey, we all hate Vegans. (1)

HeelBiter (261307) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315967)

Don't worry, it's a common mistake...just remember, Vegans write slightly better poetry.

Re:Hey, we all hate Vegans. (1)

terpia (28218) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315975)

At least its better than the Vogon Poetry...

Take these to dinners! (4, Informative)

smnolde (209197) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315860)

My dad made some purple potato stuff for a church dinner. Even though they tasted identical to regular potatos, but few people tried them.

As much as the purple potato is resistant to disease, people are more resistant to change.

Re:Take these to dinners! (1)

HeelBiter (261307) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316001)

Of course, when the purple potato is introduced into famine stricken areas with exhausted soil, I don't see the color being a problem. After all, there's a considerable difference between a village in third-world nation and your father's church potluck. At least, I hope there is...for his sake.

Re:Take these to dinners! (1)

SuperguyA1 (90398) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316007)

I don't think these are really intended for 1st world markets. If you haven't eaten in a couple of days I bet the purple potato caserole would start
looking pretty good.

Re:Take these to dinners! (2, Informative)

Phork (74706) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316050)

i eat purple potatoes frequently, i think they are better roasted than ohter potatoes, but i have never had the GM ones.

Purple Potatoes (1)

Walter Wart (181556) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315865)

They aren't new. They've been a staple at organic food stores for years. Of course, how many slashdotters shop at organic food stores ;-)

The purple potato is one of the ancestral Peruvian ur-potatoes. It's quite high in nutrients and tastes delicious.

Re:Purple Potatoes (2, Funny)

PolyDwarf (156355) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315996)

McDonald's isn't organic food?

Re:Purple Potatoes (1)

sparcy (98419) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316217)

Only the packaging.

Re:Purple Potatoes (1)

dongkiru (157748) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316218)


Gee, how many times did I go to McDonalds last week? Well, four minus 1 that just went straight thru me. Well, at least their fries don't make me sick as they used to. But I just get these cravings for the "special sauce" in the BigMacs. :9

Kumara/Sweet Potatoes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2316132)

Kumara is a delicious sweet potato from New Zealand, which has a purple skin. British sweet potatoes look similar but don't taste as nice :-)

Of course, to cook them *properly* you need to dig a hole in the ground, light a fire, put some big stones on it etc, wrap the food in flax leaves (or aluminium foil ;-) bury it and wait for a few hours, but then you can't rush good food...

parent post is right (1)

deathcow (455995) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316228)

Purple potatoes may be new to Hemos, but they are nowhere near being a new thing.

Matching ketchup (2, Informative)

rkischuk (463111) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315866)

You could always color coordinate with purple ketchup [] .

ship em to afghanistan (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2315871)

after all the innocent civilians
there are starving to death
{you know, the ones under the U.S.A. sponsored taliban dictatorship }

the soviets wiped out their farm lands
so they could really use some food

purple ketchup. (2)

garcia (6573) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315876)

They have purple ketchup too. I saw it the other day at Meijer. I was almost disgusted that someone would actually decide that this was a viable product to sell.

Green ketchup is one thing (at least there are fucking green tomatoes), but purple? No.

This is a sad sad day. Designer vegetables/fruits. Scary ;)

Re:purple ketchup. (1)

psxndc (105904) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315926)

Damn, beat me to it. From the faq page [] :

1. When and where can I get the new EZ Squirt Funky Purple?

Heinz EZ Squirt Funky Purple will be available nationally this fall. Look for the product to begin appearing on store shelves in September.


Re:purple ketchup. (2)

meckardt (113120) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315940)

Yup... green and purple ketchup... the kids love it.

Re:purple ketchup. (1)

squeegee-me (169687) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316177)

Side Show Mel: Ahh, my eyes! It burns Krusty, it BURNS!!!!

To Paraphrase Homer (5, Funny)

FatRatBastard (7583) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315877)

Mmmmm.... purple Vodka.

Absolut Barney!

{god damn lameness filter}

Extra food warnings (2, Funny)

Kushana (206115) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315882)

Do not ingest before drinking heavily; the consequences are too terrible to think about.

Cherish my balls! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2315888)

That's right kids: FP

Before I lay it down for you any further, I'd like to observe a moment of scilence for the victims of Tuesday's tragedy.

I redefine 31337 every day.


Red Queen Race (2)

styopa (58097) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315889)

I hate to be a stick in the mud but how long till blight, or some other fungas mutates so as to effect these potatos? Once we start mass producing it something will mutate.

Still, it is good news. I support genetic engineering of crops, but if this works well then all the better.

Re:Red Queen Race (1)

kesinger (209344) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316182)

It'll probably be (relatively) quick.

The gene-for-gene hypothesis in plant pathology says that for every gene governing resistance in the plant, there is a corresponding gene governing virulence (the ability to attack the host) in the pathogen. The linked article was not informative, but I suspect that if this resistance is in fact controlled by a single gene, eventually some members of Phytopthora infestans (Potato late blight) will have a mutation which allows them to attack these potatoes. Once a virulent pathogen exists in the wild, resistance quickly becomes futile.

This is what I'm writing my PhD. on (although my mental archetype for plant disease is wheat stem rust, a.k.a. Puccinia graminis f.sp. triciti). I can provide references if anybody wants them.


Mmmmm.... (2, Funny)

Mister Transistor (259842) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315901)

Sounds like the perfect side dish for Green Eggs and Ham! (sorry, Ted...)

purple potatoes have been around for a while (1)

Compay (12102) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315905)

They're pretty old - I've been buying them regularly in the Pacific Northwest for almost 10 years. Very, very tasty. They're usually best baked, then they also retain their purple color through the cooking. When you fry or boil them they lose most of their color and "exotic" appeal.

The potatoes the article is about are probably a different purple strain, though.

Mr. Potato Head (1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315912)

Does this mean we'll see our children playing with purple Mr. Potato Heads in the future?

That's... (1)

Goner (5704) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315915)

Kandinsky [?] [] ... heh.

As in Wassily Kandinsky, the painter... not Kadinsky... some coffeeshop in Amsterdam.


nutate on e2...

Re:That's... (2)

NaturePhotog (317732) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316139)

Indeed. Here [] is a fine work of his that looks like sliced, multi-colored potatoes to me.

Not so unusual (1)

Whatever Fits (262060) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315921)

My mother has a nice garden at her place. She often grows potatoes. Every year she tries out a few different varieties. One year she grew some that tasted just like they were already buttered. Just sprinkle on some salt and ready to eat! She has also grown several kinds of potatoes that are purple. One even had a cool purple starburst pattern inside that made for some really cool looking potato chips!

Oh, and none of these are genetically altered in any way. They come from South America like this. There are hundreds of varieties of potatoes that we have never seen or tasted.

I even saw a special on one of those really cool cable channels (TLC, Disc, etc. not sure which) that went on for an hour about potatoes. Wow.

Puple skin or inside? (1)

maddogsparky (202296) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315927)

I asume they mean that the skin is purple. White, red and russett all have different colored skins, but are an off-white color on the inside.

Purple inside as well (2)

kaszeta (322161) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316006)

These aren't new. Blue and purple potatoes are perfectly normal, and common in South America.

Here in the US, you can even get them at your local health-food store. In fact, at the very moment I am writing this I am looking at a quite delicious bag of Terra[tm] [] brand "Blues" [] (more of a cabbage-like purple) chips. They are quite good, and a little starchier than your normal chips.

Apparently, enough of them haven't made it to the UK yet to be noticed.

Re:Puple skin or inside? (2, Interesting)

sgt_getraer (448034) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316197)

Just had a purple potato pulled out of my folk's garden. Purple all the way through, from skin to flesh, actually surprising how pigmented it was inside. Kinda cool looking, really. Good too!

Kandinsky - with an 'N' (1)

Petronius (515525) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315933)

as in Vassily Kandinsky.

Learn to spell (1, Troll)

ichimunki (194887) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315938)

It's Kandinksy. N. Kandinksy. And while you're at it, why don't you remove the Clear Channel slander until such time as you've verified the list of banned songs with a representative of their corporation? Or are you all too busy patting yourselves on the back because your servers didn't crash last week?

Re:Learn to spell (2)

RollingThunder (88952) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316012)

Probably because Pud at FC already verified it? Or did you bother to go to FC to verify it?

And why can't you respond in THAT story, rather than here?

my what a big stick you have... (1)

ebbv (34786) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316062)

..up your ass.

the spelling correction was helpful, the whining about 'clear channel slander' is not.

Re:Learn to spell (1)

Suppafly (179830) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316086)

umm wrong story.. this is one about purple potatoes..

Re:Learn to spell (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316121)

I sense much anger in you.


Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2316210)

Get it right :-) Unicode rules...

I want to see! (1)

Jin Wicked (317953) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315941)

How can they have an article about purple potatoes without showing a picture? I wonder if it is the peel that is purple, or if they are actually purple all the way through.

At first I thought maybe this was some genetically modified thing, but I'm under the impression now that it's not. I remember a couple of months ago I was watching a cooking show on the Food channel, and a lady had about seven different kinds of of them *was* deep purple on the outside, and more pinkish than normal on the inside. I wish I could remember what she called it... Since they said this one was extremely rare though, it probably wasn't the same thing. The purple potatoes she had were very small and more round than what you typically think of.

Wish I could remember. I read this article last night and had been trying to think of it then, too. :(

More information... (3, Informative)

MoNickels (1700) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315944)

Potato Association of America Handbook: Potato Varieties [] .

Off-colour vegetables [] .

Who says watermelon must be red? []

Potatoes of note [] . (Potatos or potatoes, either is acceptable. Just not potatoe).

Re:More information... (2)

MoNickels (1700) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315988)

Also, photos [] of the purple potatoes. Note that the article says that purple potatoes "have always been used" in the Andes Mountains. In other words, they are a natural variety, not one that is genetically engineered.

no mention of genetic engineering (1)

sdamberger (28313) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315957)

There is no mention of genetic engineering in the article. They are an unknown variety from Hungary that still need to go through taste testing and market quality tests before they become available.

"We tested a wide range of different varieties that have come available fairly recently which organic farmers have no experience with," he told Reuters.

At the very last minute we took on a variety that two Scottish enthusiasts gave us which were from Hungary. It really did amazingly well in trials against blight, and it also had the best vigor -- it grew like a weed on a very low-nutrient soil. "

Purple is a natural colour for potatoes (1)

dos equis (21086) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315970)

The actual article doesn't mention it, but the slashdot story makes it sound like purple is some weird, genetic engineered colour for potatoes. This is not the case at all. In South America where potatoes originated, there are many many species including more than a few purple varieties.

So it's not as scary as it might sound.

Cynic Alert (2)

dragons_flight (515217) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315981)

"so obscure it has no name"?

I hope that's not because it just came out of the genetic engineering lab. What would one cross with to get purple? Sea Anemones perhaps?

Really, though I like potatos and GM stuff if it's useful and safe. Besides more than likely it really is nature doing freaky stuff, cause she's good at that.

Re:Cynic Alert (1)

the_ph0x` (170740) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316146)

What would one cross with to get purple? Sea Anemones perhaps?

Perhaps even an eggplant :) - how interesting that would taste eh? heh

Copper-based fungicides (1, Informative)

DeBeuk (239106) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315983)

I'm from holland, the use of copper-based fungicides has been banned here and a lot of (a.o. ecological) farmers have had failed crops due to the blight.
People here eat a lot (and I mean almost every single day) of potatoes, the national dish is mashed potatoes with some veggies and a piece of meat.
I really think a lot of people here are going to have a major culture-shock when suddenly their "stamppot" (no really, that's what they call the dish I mentioned) is purple.
Not a big surprise when you eat potatoes every day ;-)

Blue Potato Chips (2)

Coward, Anonymous (55185) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315987)

You might be able to find blue potato chips [] at your local grocery store. Although they're called blue, the chips look more purple to me.

Re:Blue Potato Chips (1)

yaknad (189242) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316113)

blue potato chips, goddamn that ain't coming anywhere near my mouth, on the other hand we need more robust potatoes(or other food stuff)

Kadinsky? (1)

rgarcia (319304) | more than 13 years ago | (#2315989)

...and eating can be like a Kadinsky painting!

Just a nitpick:
Im pretty sure you meant Kandinsky [] .
Kadinsky is a coffee shop in Amsterdam (according to the original link).

oh (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2316058)

purple potatoes, green ketchup, blue mustard?

Re:oh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2316111)

yeah, and gross mustard-colored mus--oh, wait a minute...

art fools (1)

bonnietwins (514573) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316065)

Hey, it's Kandinski... mind your own business.

Potato servers (2)

wiredog (43288) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316068)

You know, if you got a bushel of these things, you could put together a beowulf cluster of purple potato servers.

Just a thought.

NNNnnnooooOOOOO! Soilent Purple ... (2)

twitter (104583) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316069)

Soilent Purple is Barney! My God, don't eat it, it's Barney!

purple potatos not new (2, Insightful)

Phork (74706) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316070)

puple potatoes are not at all a new thing. They have been around for a long time, though most people havent seen them. They are more common in expensive gourmet restaurants than in dennys, i frequently buy them at the local farmers market. purple doesnt meen genetically modified.

Potato Eaters (2, Informative)

digital_freedom (453387) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316072)

I've heard of Big Purple People Eaters and now
we can be Big Purple Potato Eaters.

Or according to this recipe:
Purple People Eater
3/4 oz rum
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz blue curacao
1 oz sour mix
splash grenadine

Combine all liquors and sour mix in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and shake well. Pour into a collins glass, fill with 7-Up and top with grenadine.

We can become Purple People Eater Drinkers!!!

Please don't say you can beowulf these...

These are NOT genetically modified (4, Interesting)

RollingThunder (88952) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316083)

They're just an odd variety - although as some other posters have mentioned, purple potatoes are not completely unknown. These purple potatoes are special because of their disease resistance, that's all.

I'm not sure if it's the skin, though, or the entire potato that's purple. The article wasn't very clear.

But in any case, the article is talking about how these will be a boon for ORGANIC farmers. I've not heard of a real organic farmer that used GM species, they tend to hate that more than pesticides!

Re:These are NOT genetically modified (5, Interesting)

Kwil (53679) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316188)

Depends on the variety.

I buy food from the local farmers market, and we actually get quite a variety of blue/purple potatoes. Some varieties have a purplish skin. Cut it in half and you'll find the flesh is like a normal potato with the exception of a ring of blue about a half inch in from the skin. This typically fades somewhat in the cooking.

Others have a much more bluish tint to the skin. These varieties also tend have the entire flesh colored a washed-out blue-purple. They keep their color when cooked.

As to the taste, well.. it's a potato. There's hardly any difference between the lighter ones and your normal red potatos that I can tell (I'm no gourmet, though). The darker bluish ones I tend to think taste a bit better than regular potatos. They have a more... potato-ey.. flavor. Not sure how to describe it. It's as if they have a bit more of the essence of potato in them. Quite good, especially cubed and fried with a little olive oil and sour-cream to dip.

Purple potatoes are nothing new (2)

Slashdolt (166321) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316087)

I've been growing purple potatoes for several years now. They are actually called "All Blue". They are blue/purple inside and out. There are also red varieties which are red/pink inside and out.

Potatoes originated in Peru, where they come in a variety of colors: purple, red, white, yellow, sometimes all mixed together.

I haven't had much problem with disease, but the Colorado Potato Beetles are a real nuisance.

Check out and look at all of the different potato varieties they carry.

The truth about trolls (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2316103)

Well you lot don't seem to like trolls much. I can understand that. They can be annoying. But you must realize that Trolls aren't all bad. Some of them like gardening. []

Ketchups (1)

BMonger (68213) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316125)

They now have purple ketchup also as my mother showed me. So now the condiment can match the recipient. On a side note... green ketchup... maybe... purple ketchup... no.

Purple potatoes (2)

sulli (195030) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316160)

I've gotten those in CA for years! Not genetically modified, but still yummy.

Its Kandinsky, not kadinsky (2)

victim (30647) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316162)

Even the link into everything2 is wrong. `Kadinsky' is apparently some dope smoking coffee house in Amsterdam. Maybe they paint there, maybe not. everything2 is silent on the matter.

Wassily Kandinsky [] was a painter. Check him out over at [] , this link [] ought to get you some of his works. Thinker will probably die under the load. You should also look at This guy's kandinsky page [] .

Not every one... (2)

smoondog (85133) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316181)

... appears to be resistant to all fungal diseases and so may not require any chemical treatment.

It is very likely that it is resistant to all potato fungal diseases. At least if it is, it won't be for very long.


KaNdinsky (1)

Don Symes (259874) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316184)

I think you meant it would look like a Kandinsky painting. nd insky.htm

Afterimage. (2)

DunbarTheInept (764) | more than 13 years ago | (#2316204)

{From the side of a box of tater tots, in the future}


Ever wonder what tater tots used to look like when your parents ate them as kids? Look at the purple tater tots in the green Heinz ketchup. Continue staring at them without moving your eyes while you count to 30. Then look at a blank white sheet of paper and you'll see an image of the potatoes amd ketchup in their old colors like your parents used to eat!

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