Potatoes with warts on them (potato basics 101)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Forum' started by Breaking Bad, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad New Member

    When a potato starts to grow those white 'warts' on
    them are they still okay to eat or does that mean
    they've gone bad and it's time to throw them away?

  2. MIG-31

    MIG-31 HardwareHeaven News Mod Staff Member

    These usually grow when the potatoes are stored in dark conditions and usually take a couple of weeks to show..... They are just the roots beginning to grow to produce more potatoes....They are usaly called Eyes.

    If the Potato is still hard then they should be ok (But imo it depends on how long the roots are) But make sure you look for any sign of mould.. If so bin them.

    If they are very short i Just cut the roots out..But i usually find the longer the root the older the potato is and it becomes soft.. Which is an indication the it's begining to rot..
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2010
  3. Cow_160483

    Cow_160483 HH's only cow moooooo...

    haha this has got to be the funniest question ever :rofl::rofl:

    But I think MIG has answered the question well enough :D
  4. Trusteft

    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

    All I know is if I ever thought that potatoes I had, have warts I would not eat them and throw them away faster than Flash.
  5. craig5320

    craig5320 Well-Known Member

    When my potatoes get all sprouty I don't get all throwy outy :)
  6. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    My family always used to call those "eyes". I don't know why.
  7. Trusteft

    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

    It makes me want to throw up lol.
  8. Earthmonger

    Earthmonger New Member

    The potatoes you buy in stores are not "fresh". Most of the time they're several weeks old by the time you get them. This gives you a week or two to use them before they start growing roots. As MIG said, you really have to gauge edibility by the hardness of the potato. Roots are nothing to concern yourself with, just trim them away as you would machine bruises.

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