[Market-farming] green potatoes

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Wed Oct 22 09:52:49 EDT 2008


While eating potatoes that have turned green is ill-advised, it shouldn't be a problem to save them for seed the following Spring, as long as they are otherwise in good condition. The substance that makes them mildly toxic, solanin, doesn't interfere with the tuber's ability to sprout and grow the next season, nor will it translate into the new tubers the following season, unless they too are exposed to light. I've saved them before with good results.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: pech 
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  Subject: [Market-farming] green potatoes


  Has anyone saved potatoes that have been exposed to the sun for planting the following year? Does anyone know why I shouldn't do this?



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