Daily Archives: 5 June, 2013

Produce Oddity – Potatoes

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OK, just a quick note about potatoes. I know, potatoes? What’s interesting about them, anyhow? Well, in the US, I was accustomed to my Idaho Russets – kind of all-purpose potatoes, you know? Here there are MANY more choices…. and they’re all different taste and textures. Pretty cool. But I noticed something odd.

You know how when you keep potatoes just a bit past their prime, they’ll begin sprouting??

photo from http://www.buzzle.com/articles/sprouting-potatoes.html

These are the sprouts I’m accustomed to seeing….. kind of pointy and long?

Hmmm… my potatoes here didn’t exactly look that way – they sprouted some alien-looking ball-shaped pods of some sort!

What the heck???

What the heck???

Freakishly round, I didn’t quite know what they were, afraid it was some weird Middle-Eastern mold spore or something…. but nah…. it was just a sprout!

My goodness.... weird looking, aren't they?

My goodness…. weird looking, aren’t they?

Nope.... not some exotic mold spore, just a dang sprout.  Funny-looking, though!

Nope…. not some exotic mold spore, just a dang sprout. Funny-looking, though!

OK, crisis averted. I popped those puppies off, peeled, boiled, mashed and seasoned them and we ate them for supper… just another tiny view of my new Middle Eastern life, huh??