Today while cooking with potatoes when I cut open a potato(raw) which was looking perfect from the outside showed purple veins. I threw it in my kitchen garden but than I wondered what it could be

My weird potatoes


  1. Why did my potato developed these purple patterns?
  2. What could be that purple pigment?
  3. Are such potatoes Edible?

PS: The potato was not old. It was quite fresh.


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The potato developed this pattern because it's (probably) natural to cultivar you're growing or due to cross-pollination. Purple pigment is anthocyanin. It's perfectly normal and considered as more healthy (as those varieties of potatoes contain more antioxidants and vitamin C) and even 'gourmet'.


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