Sprouted Russet Potatoes

Solanaum tuberosum
Donated by John Christenson
c. 2012

Weight: 50 g
Length: 6 cm

two brown shriveled potatoes side-by-side underneath a tangle of brown sprouts

These two entwined potato specimens are the Rapunzel of The Dehydrated Food Museum. The potatoes were forgotten by the donor and they shrivelled. When he discovered them, the donor placed them in a paper bag in order to transport them for submission to the museum. Upon removing them from the bag, he discovered that they had sprouted intricate vined locks.

Eating potato sprouts is not recommended because they contain solanine, a toxic compound which, fortunately, tastes bitter. For this and other reasons, museum visitors are asked to refrain from eating the specimens.  NEXT >

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