Purple Potato

Purple Potato

Scotland's first ever purple spud may be healthiest root vegetable in UK

A new kind of potato has been grown that claims to be better for you than any you have eaten before.

The Purple Majesty spud is no ordinary vegetable. It is the first purple potato ever to go on sale in the UK.

Unlike normal kinds, its skin and flesh have a distinctive purple colour that is still there after cooking.

And this special spud contains up to ten times as many antioxidants as an ordinary potato.

Antioxidants are tiny particles found in food that may protect your body against diseases.

The Purple Majesty may be the UK's healthiest root vegetable. This is good news for the home of the spud, Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire, which until now has been known as the fattest town in Britain.

A crop of 400 tonnes of the new potatoes has already been produced in Scotland, and they are on sale across the UK.

Gillian Kynoch, a food expert from the company that made the potato, said:

"This potato is a real superhero, packing a powerful nutritional punch while tasting as delicious as more familiar varieties.

They perform beautifully in the kitchen, mashing, baking, roasting and microwaving to perfection, and make spectacular chips and crisps," she said.

Tests have shown that it's the purple pigment that is the really healthy bit of the potato. The same chemical is found in other purple fruits and vegetables, including grapes, blueberries and red cabbage.

 

Adapted from article by Chris Watt: read original story here.