Purple potatoes are grown in the Kherson region (Ukraine)


Purple potatoes are grown in the Kherson region (Ukraine)

03.03.2020

Potatoes with red, blue or purple flesh have six to seven times the antioxidant potential of traditional tubers

Now in the Kherson region the trend is not ordinary potatoes, which in the middle is white or yellow. “Second bread” may be more exotic in color.

For example, black-violet, like the Solokha variety, bred by the breeders of the Potato Institute in the Kiev region.

According to Kherson.net.ua, SEEDS.org.ua writes that this variety is well established in southern Ukraine, producing 40 tons per hectare and 2 crops per year.

Such an unusual potato tastes finer and tastes good, which is why it is so appreciated by restaurateurs.

Potatoes with red, blue or purple flesh have six to seven times the antioxidant potential of traditional tubers. Ukrainian agronomists claim that it is even larger than in carrots, onions and white pepper.

See also: Purple vegetables – a new trend at the Fruit Logistica trade fair

According to researchers, this potato contains four times more antioxidants such as zeaxanthin and lutein than tubers with a white or yellow middle.

And yet, such fruits are rich in anthocyanin pigment, retain their color even after heat treatment: they can be fried, used to prepare mashed potatoes and other dishes. It is anthocyanins that provide intense purple color for eggplant, dark grapes, blackberries and blueberries. Pigment is believed to be a powerful antioxidant and heals the circulatory system.

Colored potato dishes are prepared in the same way as potatoes with the usual color.

In the USA, processing plants already produce colored potato products: salads and color chips. The most popular varieties: Congo, Blaue Hindelbank, All Blue, Red Pearl, Purple Peruvian, Alaska Sweetheart, Cranberry Red.

In addition, some colored varieties can be eaten raw.

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