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Potatoes: What are the green patches you find on potatoes and are those potatoes safe to eat?

Heather recently asked the Kitchen Shrink if it is safe to eat potatoes that were green in places.

If potatoes are exposed to light for a period of time, the toxic alkaloid, solanine, develops just under the skin causing the area to turn green. Not only would this area taste bitter, but it would be dangerous if consumed. However, if all the green areas are removed, the rest of the potato is just fine to cook and eat.

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