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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

Questions

  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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