The Skinny on Taters

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Growing up, my mom never let me eat the skin on russet potatoes, and I never understood why. Fast forward to now and I notice some restaurant will mash them right in the skin, but only if they are redskin. I've also observed that an exception are tiny yellow nugget potatoes. My question is that since the skin is my favorite and I've read the healthiest part, is it safe when the potatoes have yellow skin but are large?

I'm hoping someone will tell me this is ok for all potatoes so mom quits throwing them out.
 
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All skin on all potatoes is good. You've never eat then skin on a baked potato? You are missing out! Wash your Idaho potato in water with a scrubby brush. Then rub a little olive in it, salt and pepper and wrap it in aluminum foil before placing in the hot coals while you BBQ. Unwrap when it's cooked and enjoy, the skin is the best part.
 
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All skin on all potatoes is good. You've never eat then skin on a baked potato? You are missing out! Wash your Idaho potato in water with a scrubby brush. Then rub a little olive in it, salt and pepper and wrap it in aluminum foil before placing in the hot coals while you BBQ. Unwrap when it's cooked and enjoy, the skin is the best part.
Oh, don't get me wrong. Baked tater skins have always been my very favorite of all skins. I'm just not allowed to eat them in front of family and have to keep it a dirty little secret. I wanna cry as I see people scooping the inside of their stuffed tater skin and tossing what they consider the debris. I also have friends who will not eat mashed unless every hint of flesh has been peeled. People think it is poison or something, but no one will explain why.
 
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Skins are perfectly benign, but there are potatoes you should avoid.

Root vegetables soak up everything that is around them, which is why I never eat anything root unless it is organic.  Well I make an exception for parsnips, beets and swede because a don't eat them so often.  Well actually I only go organic here for potatoes and carrots.

But potatoes especially should be organic because otherwise the farmers use a hideously toxic herbicide that delays the eye growth.  I understand the farmers themselves won't eat these potatoes they grow, knowing as they do what is in them.  And as intimated peeling the skin won't help as the stuff goes right into the flesh.  Bad bad.

Another potato thing to avoid is if you see any green.  This is a toxin the potato makes when it is under stress. It helps ward of disease and insects.  If bugs will avoid it you know it is not good for you.

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The potato has a lot of nutrients and such just under the skin. It's proven the nutrients will leach out when boiled or baked. So for me it's a no-brainer. If the good stuff can easily leach out of the potato then bad stuff can certainly easily enter the spud, organic is the only way to go. The farmers douse the spuds while growing to reduce fungus and then they'll hit the vines with something like Round-up to get rid of the vines, then

after they harvest they are bathed in something to prevent sprouting./img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
 
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Oh, don't get me wrong. Baked tater skins have always been my very favorite of all skins. I'm just not allowed to eat them in front of family and have to keep it a dirty little secret. I wanna cry as I see people scooping the inside of their stuffed tater skin and tossing what they consider the debris. I also have friends who will not eat mashed unless every hint of flesh has been peeled. People think it is poison or something, but no one will explain why.
All this depends on your age but if you're over the age of 12 you certainly have the right to eat what you want and spud skins are fantastic. There are tons of articles on the internet about how healthy potato skins are, print them out and show them to your family.  You have the facts in your favor so use them but please look the other way and don't judge your friends and loved ones if they don't want to eat them. 

I really do not want to get into the organic vs. not argument here, there are obvious benefits to organic but I also understand that the cost of eating organic is a real issue for most people.  There are obvious benefits to owning a mansion too but not everyone can afford one so no point in making people feel bad if they don't have one.
 
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@panini OMG!  Roundup is suspected as a major contributor to the great rise in neurological disorders for newborns, and perhaps many other disorders as well.

Many organic items are double or more the price, but for commomn potatoes, carrots, and greens you're typically looking at just a 20% premium here in the Northeast, and I suspect most elsewhere these days.  The modest extra expense for these particular items is very well justified.

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Skins are perfectly benign, but there are potatoes you should avoid.

Root vegetables soak up everything that is around them, which is why I never eat anything root unless it is organic.  Well I make an exception for parsnips, beets and swede because a don't eat them so often.  Well actually I only go organic here for potatoes and carrots.

But potatoes especially should be organic because otherwise the farmers use a hideously toxic herbicide that delays the eye growth.  I understand the farmers themselves won't eat these potatoes they grow, knowing as they do what is in them.  And as intimated peeling the skin won't help as the stuff goes right into the flesh.  Bad bad.

Another potato thing to avoid is if you see any green.  This is a toxin the potato makes when it is under stress. It helps ward of disease and insects.  If bugs will avoid it you know it is not good for you.


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Bugs avoiding it is a huge selling point for me[emoji]128513[/emoji]
 
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The potato has a lot of nutrients and such just under the skin. It's proven the nutrients will leach out when boiled or baked. So for me it's a no-brainer. If the good stuff can easily leach out of the potato then bad stuff can certainly easily enter the spud, organic is the only way to go. The farmers douse the spuds while growing to reduce fungus and then they'll hit the vines with something like Round-up to get rid of the vines, then
after they harvest they are bathed in something to prevent sprouting.:eek:

I guess I'm willing to take the risk. I'm a rebel. [emoji]128540[/emoji]
 
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All this depends on your age but if you're over the age of 12 you certainly have the right to eat what you want and spud skins are fantastic. There are tons of articles on the internet about how healthy potato skins are, print them out and show them to your family.  You have the facts in your favor so use them but please look the other way and don't judge your friends and loved ones if they don't want to eat them. 

I really do not want to get into the organic vs. not argument here, there are obvious benefits to organic but I also understand that the cost of eating organic is a real issue for most people.  There are obvious benefits to owning a mansion too but not everyone can afford one so no point in making people feel bad if they don't have one.

I would never make my friends feel bad for not eating them. I get that some just plain don't like the texture or flavor. They do, however, judge me when I offer to take them off their hands.
 
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The potato has a lot of nutrients and such just under the skin. It's proven the nutrients will leach out when boiled or baked. So for me it's a no-brainer. If the good stuff can easily leach out of the potato then bad stuff can certainly easily enter the spud, organic is the only way to go. The farmers douse the spuds while growing to reduce fungus and then they'll hit the vines with something like Round-up to get rid of the vines, then

after they harvest they are bathed in something to prevent sprouting./img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
We grow potatoes here on our farm. Reds and Yukon Golds.

We spray the plants to keep the potato bugs off. That's it.

How do you douse a potato that grows underground?
 
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Things like roundup get right into the soil, then into ground water, and herbicides to stop eye growth are sprayed directly on the potatoes.

But a fast-decay type of insecticide would be relatively benign in comparison to the above.  Organic farmers use everything from spraying garlic-tainted water (works great for some bugs I understand) to natural insect predators like lady bugs (aphid control) and certain wasps.

Rick
 

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