In the last week, there's been plenty of media coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter games, but none of it has really centered on the athletes' dining options or Olympians' favorite foods. I was curious to learn more delectable details about the meals being served at the athletes' village, so I did a little digging for more information on the Spartan meals being consumed in British Columbia as we speak. Think you've got the brainpower to devour these trivia tidbits? Then take my quiz.Take the Quiz
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You buy potatoes. You store potatoes. You forget you have potatoes. You remember you have potatoes. You pull them out and their skins are GREEN!!!
So what's the deal with green potatoes? I heard that the green skins are poisonous. Is it true? And why does it turn green in the first place?
The green coloring on the skin is a build-up of a chemical called Solanine. It is a natural reaction to the potato being exposed to too much light. Solanine causes a bitter taste and if eaten in large quantities, can cause illness (you'd have to eat a lot though).
If you find slight greening on your potato skins, simply peel it off. Try not to peel off the entire skin because it contains valuable nutrients and the majority of the potato's fiber. Cut away any sprouts as well since they are also toxic.
So there you have it. Potato skin mystery solved.