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I Do Not Like Green Potatoes And …………

January 28, 2009

(Not to be confused with Green Eggs and Ham.)

N is a huge snacker. No, he’s not huge, he’s slender and tall, but his appetite is never ending; he’s always eating. And often in unusual combinations: a breakfast of calves liver and onions fried to a frazzle, finishing up with a coco-nut flavored frozen popsicle (or two [or three]). The post prandial aroma is not good. Nor is the residue in the sink (or on the range top). I would label his cooking style as zealous, abstract expressionism. Accent on the expressionism. 

Today around 2 pm after a few attempts at trying to appease the gnawing sensation in his gut, he decided to zap a couple of potatoes. I seem to remember noticing four green potatoes last week in the basket and forgot to throw them out. I did however suggest to N that we shouldn’t eat them. “Not to worry,” is his usual response to most of my concerns as it was to this one. Today, however, I noticed him sitting with a glass dish filled with green stuff. “What’s that?” I inquired, thinking it was avocado or some such green veg, “It’s my lunch of potatoes,” he replied. “Yikes,” I yelped, “those are oh so not good for you to eat!” “Not to worry,” came his surprising retort. With that I and duly “Googled” green potatoes.

From The New York Times, Fitness and Nutrition section, published: July 3, 2007 By ANAHAD O’CONNOR:

It sounds like a joke, or perhaps just an urban legend that grew out of Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham.” But food scientists say this one is no myth. The reality is that green potatoes contain high levels of a toxin, solanine, which can cause nausea, headaches and neurological problems.

Potatoes naturally produce small amounts of solanine as a defense against insects, but the levels increase with prolonged exposure to light and warm temperatures.

The green color is actually caused by high levels of chlorophyll, which by itself is harmless. But it is also a sign that levels of solanine, which is produced at the same time as chlorophyll, have increased as well.

According to a recent report by Alexander Pavlista, a professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, a 100-pound person would have to eat about 16 ounces of a fully green potato to get sick. That is the weight of a large baked potato.

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/03/health/nutrition/03real.html

Fast as you can say “potatoes in the garbage,” N tossed them into their rightful place. Because unlike the tasty recipe for it’s tomato “brethren,” there’s no safe one for fried green potatoes.

Am hoping that the next time I make a comment on something I deem, sort of, worth paying attention to, he won’t come back with one of his standard, “Not to worry,” responses. A girl can only hope, can’t she.

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