~America is known for being a ‘meat & potatoes’ country, and that is very much true. Whether they be mashed, fried, boiled or baked, Americans love potatoes. But so do the French, who refer to the potato as a pomme de terre, or “earth apple”. They do kind of look like apples, dirty ones, but apples none the less. Potatoes are not only versatile in the ways they are prepared, but also in the colors they come in. They can be yellow, red or even purple!
There was a farm stand I had seen at both the Downers Grove and Orland Park markets (which sadly I can’t remember the name of) that sold various types of potatoes such as Yukon golds, red bliss, fingerling, and they also had a basket of miniature mixed potatoes. I had passed on them at the Downers market, but when I saw them again in Orland, I had to take a closer look. I admired how cute the mini potatoes looked and pleased they also came in purple.
Purple potatoes, also known as Peruvian purple potatoes, are so unique you wouldn’t think they’d be real, rather artificially dyed. But they’re the real deal. The mixed potatoes ran at $5/pound. Being curious about purple potatoes, I filled up a plastic bag with the best looking purple potatoes I could find. I probably got around 7 or 8, I didn’t really count. I haven’t tried them yet (but I will soon), but I wonder if it’ll taste the same as a regular potato.