I bought some of those delicious tiny potatoes. Put them in veg bin along w
ith other potatoes -- small red. Went to nuke tinies today. SPROUTING!
If they're babies, why are they prematurely geriatric. And if they're not
babies, how is size controlled? Is it a function of species? 1 week seem
s rather soon to start sprouting. Dinner companion said it's because they
are so long in transit.
Any experience out there?
I do believe your dinner companion was correct.
Does this help?
"Potato sprouts often appear when you store potatoes for a
long time ... Research has suggested that if the main part
of the potato is still firm, then it has most of its
nutrients intact and can be eaten after removing the
sprouted part. However, if the potato is shrunken and
wrinkled, it should not be eaten.
I always loved to see them sprout. Means they truly were organic.
Same when I find a bug, though a lot more grossed out.
Not true, so-called organic potatoes sprout just as readily. Anyway
there is no such thing as organic potatoes... potatoes are attacked by
so many soil borne diseases that they must be chemically treated if
there is to be a crop. Actually there is no such thing as organic
produce unless grown in a greenhouse held under clean room laboratory
On Sunday, July 20, 2014 8:27:49 AM UTC-7, Brooklyn1 wrote:
ong with other potatoes -- small red. Went to nuke tinies today. SPROUTI
NG! If they're babies, why are they prematurely geriatric. And if they're
not babies, how is size controlled? Is it a function of species? 1 week
seems rather soon to start sprouting. Dinner companion said it's because
they are so long in transit.
Please let's not veer off into another of those organic-other debates. (No
, Todd! Down, boy!)
I am trying to find out whether those tiny potatoes are grown that way; IO
genetically ? altered to stay tiny. Or whether they are "regular" potatoe
s harvested early; seems unlikely.
So am I dealing with a RIPE potato that has been shipped all over creation
for weeks, therefore ready to sprout when it gets to me? How does it stay
I think what you may have come across is the same vegi comes in
all shapes and sized. Marketing removes the ones that the
producers don't think you will buy.
When they local farm was still open, all the weird looking
tomatoes got fed to the chickens.
They are just tiny spuds. They could be new potatoes or old potatoes
and they were just have been harvested whilst they were tiny. In other
words, size has nothing to do with genetic modification (unless you are
very unlucky and are managing to find the only GM spuds in your area).
There will have been other big spuds which were also harvested at the
same time and these tiny ones are just put in a different pack/part of
the marketed product.
I am not sure how you got there, but what I was saying was
that a sprouted potato is a tip off that is has not been
sprayed with an anti sprouting agent. I suppose a conventional
one could not be sprayed, but usually they all are.
There may not be "perfect" organic produce, but they sure
do taste better (some of the production organic farms, not so much,
picked too green) and use a lot less persistent chemicals.
I would say, even if they are not perfect, they certainly are
But to each his own. That is what the free market is for.
You have a choice. You can buy produce dripping with
chemistry set chemicals if you like or ones with a a lot
less chemicals that don't persist. It is whatever floats you
Just out of curiosity, what is your take on "Wild Grown"?
Sometimes the tiny gourmet potatoes are varieties selected for small size,
and will never form enormous spuds, and sometimes they are varieties that
can grow big that are harvested small, before the vines die back (what
gardeners would call new potatoes which would definitely have a limited
shelf life). But sometimes they are a way for potato growers to make good
money on potatoes that would once upon a time be put with the culls --
potatoes deemed too damaged or too small to ship to market.
Potatoes that sprout in your house have may been in the pipeline too long,
or may have been exposed to temperatures lower or higher than ideal during
shipment or in the store. (Temperature extremes can trigger sprouting.)
My step-grandpop the huskster used to buy potatoes that had been exposed
to bad conditions in transit at the wholesale market (and which were sold as
damaged goods) then sell them from a truck as home grown. As there is no
justice, my dear, sweet grandma died young, and the old bast^h^h^h man
lived to a ripe old age.
Back where I could eat the things, I always loved to see
them sprout. I really can't figure out why the marketing
folks think folks would be offended by them. Maybe they
think we think they would be stale if they sprouted. I
would look for wilt for that.
When I lived in Germany, my landlord would buy a huge sack
of potatoes every fall, stick them in a special drawer in the
basement and eat on them all winter. By the end of the winter,
the drawer had sprouts growing out of it. Hysterical looking.
:-)) Yep. That is what spuds always do. When I was a kid, we always
got a hessian bag full of spuds from the family farm (that's a burlap
sack full in USian) where they were produced commercially. It took a
fair while to fang our way through them so by the time we got to the
bottom of the bag, the spuds were always sprouting; sometimes out
through the hessian.
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