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Midnight Moon Potatoes
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Midnight Moon potatoes are small to medium in size and are round to oblong in shape, averaging 6-7 centimeters in diameter. The semi-smooth skin is dark purple with some patches of violet, and there are many deep-set eyes which create a slightly irregular, lumpy shape. There are also many white and tan freckles and tiny spots. The flesh is tender, bright yellow to gold, dense, and moist. When cooked, Midnight Moon potatoes boast a creamy and robust, earthy flavor.
Midnight Moon potatoes are available year-round.
Midnight Moon potatoes, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum 'Midnight Moon,' are a new variety hailing from Colorado and are members of the Solanaceae, or nightshade family along with tomatoes, eggplants, and bell peppers. The name was inspired by the full “hunter’s moon” of October, and it is a half-sibling to the Masquerade potato, a unique cultivar that features stripes of purple and beige. Midnight Moon potatoes are extremely rare and are most commonly grown in home gardens.
Midnight Moon potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, B6, iron, and fiber.
Midnight Moon potatoes are best suited for cooked applications such as baking, mashing, and boiling. Their high moisture content makes them ideal for roasts, salads, and casseroles and it does not lose its vibrant color once cooked. Midnight Moon potatoes pair well with shallots, zucchini, goat cheese, lemon, corn, and red meats. They will keep for a couple of weeks when stored in a cool, dry, and dark place.
Midnight Moon potatoes were created to meet the demand for multi-colored potatoes that contain an increased number of antioxidants and are high yielding. RPE Produce, the co-creator of Midnight Moon potatoes, has been breeding and developing potato varieties for the American commercial market for over sixty years. RPE produce does not have sole ownership of the Midnight Moon and no longer produces the variety at this time.
The Midnight Moon potato was developed at Colorado State University by Professor David Holm, and RPE produce. It took them over fifteen years to develop the variety and the Midnight Moon potato was released in 2014. Today it is extremely difficult to find Midnight Moon potatoes outside of home gardens, but they may be available on rare occasions at farmers markets in the United States.
Recipes that include Midnight Moon Potatoes. One is easiest, three is harder.
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