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Blushing Violet Potatoes
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Blushing Violet potatoes are small in size and are round to oval in shape. The thin, white skin is smooth and bears large spots and stripes of vibrant violet-purple. There are also a few, medium-set eyes scattered across the surface. The firm, slippery flesh also mirrors the painted appearance on the skin and is marbled with white and violet deep-purple hues. Blushing Violet potatoes have a mild, earthy flavor and a smooth, buttery taste when cooked.
Blushing Violet potatoes are available in the winter.
Blushing Violet potatoes, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum ‘Blushing Violet’, are a fairly new variety of bite-sized potatoes created from RPE Produce, a potato and onion breeding company with locations across the United States. Created to meet the market demand for unusual and flavorful potatoes, Blushing Violet potatoes are considered a specialty variety that offers dynamic colors even after cooking. This variety is currently not in production, and the seeds are proprietary to RPE and not available for purchase.
Blushing Violet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, magnesium, iron, vitamin B6, and the antioxidant, anthocyanin.
Blushing Violet potatoes are best suited for cooked applications such as frying, boiling, sautéing, and roasting. They can be served as a colorful side dish, sliced into salads, or cubed and mixed into stews or breakfast bowls. They are also commonly sliced and used in chipping because they retain their color when cooked. Blushing Violet potatoes will keep up to a month when stored in a cool, dry, dark place. They should not be stored in the refrigerator as it will cause the starches to convert to sugars and the spud will lose some of its taste and nutrient value.
RPE Produce has been breeding and developing potato and onion varieties for the American commercial market for over sixty years. The popularity of several variegated cultivars in Europe spurred the company to create more proprietary, multi-colored types, like the Blushing Violet, to introduce unusual varieties to the American market.
Blushing Violet potatoes were first introduced in 2015 and were bred and developed by RPE Produce under their tasteful selections brand. In 2017, the dual-colored potatoes were spotted at farmer’s markets in Southern California, but currently, in 2018, this variety is not in production.
Recipes that include Blushing Violet Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.
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