Purple Peruvian Potatoes

I bought some Purple Peruvian seed potatoes from the Tractor Supply Co. store on a whim in the spring. I got them in the ground long after mid-April and barely read the instructions on the back. I just kind of threw them willy nilly in the ground and walked away from them.

I watered them when I remembered to and hand picked the weeds from the garden bed.

After about a month, they looked like this:

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Come mid-July, they had started to sprawl into vines.

 

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And produce white flowers.

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In September, we had roofers come in and they trampled the potato patch. The vines hadn’t died back yet, but I figured I’d dig in and find what I could find.

The tubers were still very small. Elongated and purple. As my four year old son said, “Looks like a bunch of shit.” He was sort of right. I have no idea where he learned that word.

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All washed up, even more purple.

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I gave them the standard treatment: tossed in olive oil and salt and oven roasted. They tasted very much like regular potatoes. I expected them to taste like sweet potatoes, but the didn’t. They did have a rich, caramelized overtone, though. It sort of reminded me of the burnt edges of brownies.

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Very tasty. Would grow again.