Sunday, September 18, 2011

Strange Sights: Purple Potatoes

One of the things that keeps life interesting around here is that you never quite know what you are going to get. Sometimes this is because we can't read all of the characters yet, but sometimes you just get a surprise.

Yesterday, I discovered that I had brought several purple potatoes, mixed in with the regular white potatoes. Now, I actually do know the character for potatoes, and it is even one I always check because I want to be sure I am paying the right price for the right thing. But I didn't even know there were such a thing as purple potatoes, let alone that they would just mix them all together and call them by the same name. However, that is what they do here, and I happened to pick some. From the outside I just thought they just had more dirt on them, but when I scratched through the skin I discovered that they are bright purple inside.

Oh well, they taste the same as white potatoes and are supposed to have extra antioxidants (similar to blue and purple berries). The best part was that the boys liked the potato soup I made even better because it was purple. Aaron has never eaten so much potato soup before at one time.

This was much better than the purple corn I tried on purpose, which turned out to be like really chewy field corn. I think I'll be buying purple potatoes again if I see them.

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