Potatoes: A Controversial Topic

What do you think of when I say potato? Po-tah-to?  Chips? Butter and/or sour cream? French fries? Hash browns?  Home fries?  Gnocchi?  Latkehs?  Mashed potatoes?  Au Gratin?  Well enough of that!!!  Potatoes get a bad rap;  don't even think about them or your waist line will expand?  Well did you know that in addition to potatoes being one of the ultimate comfort foods, they are also packed with more vitamin C than oranges and tomatoes?  In addition to being an incredible source of vitamins and minerals, they also contain over 60 phytochemicals.  Potatoes are part of a healthy diet, however a variety of fruits and veggies is key.  Most of the potato's nutrition is stored under the skin, so try not to peel them unless absolutely necessary for a recipe. The potato is best metabolized when consumed with the skin on.  Potatoes are categorized as "white," as in stay away from anything white such as white rice, white bread, white flour, etc.  Potatoes carry a high glycemic load, meaning that the carbohydrate digests rapidly in the body causing a spike in blood sugar similar to soda.  Grapes are not a starch, but also have a high glycemic index.  Arguably there are better choices than potatoes and grapes, but eating potatoes seasonally, especially from your CSA can be a healthy choice as well.  What we serve on the potato, mix with the potato, or how we cook the potato can make them unhealthy. 

Storing

Potatoes will keep for up to ten weeks, however the "newer" the potato, the higher the nutritional value.  Discard soft potatoes, those with spuds, and remove any green areas.  To help prevent potatoes from spoiling and sprouting, avoid sunlight and store in a cool dark place , do not refrigerate, and do not store in plastic bags.

Preparing

Always wash your produce in a store bought veggie wash or in a white vinegar and water solution.  Do not use hand, body, or dish soap as they will leave chemical residue.  Wash the potatoes even if you plan on peeling them, whole and skin on, with a veggie brush, scrubbing the surface of the skin using a circular motion.   Rinse and ready to use or peel if you desire.

Potatoes can be blanched for green or nicoise salad, boiled for salad or smashed/mashed, baked, broiled, grilled, steamed, fried.  Please click on the button below for healthy recipes and thank you for reading my blog.

-Dawn CHHC, AADP