Can you eat potatoes raw?

Can you eat raw potatoes?

Potatoes often end up on our plates as a side dish. But can you also eat raw potatoes or are they even poisonous? Here comes the answer!

We love potatoes. They are versatile, healthy and low in calories. We are apparently not alone in this.

Recently a reader question landed in our mailbox. At first we were a little amazed.

But the question is not uninteresting: Tell me, can you eat raw potatoes or are they poisonous? Status in the mail.

That made us curious. We did some research :)

Normally, hardly anyone would think of eating potatoes raw. You can use it to make delicious potato salads, soups, main courses and even casseroles and stews.

But have you ever wondered if you can eat raw potatoes?

You can find out in this post

Whether you can eat raw potatoes

Have you ever tried to eat raw potatoes? They don't taste particularly good and are also difficult to digest.

For one, this is due to the starch, which has a very floury taste. This is changed during cooking and makes the potatoes digestible and tasty.

Raw potatoes also taste unpleasantly bitter. That's because they contain solanine.

Solanine is a poison for the natural protection of the plant against putrefactive bacteria, pests, predators and fungal attack.

A lot of it is under the shell, in green and germinating places. The solanine disappears during the cooking process.

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If you store your potatoes incorrectly or for too long, it can still occur after they have been cooked.

Because of the solanine, eating raw potatoes can be harmful. Possible symptoms of poisoning are:

  • nausea
  • Vomit
  • diarrhea
  • Breathing problems
  • and convulsions

Of course, it always depends on the amount. A small piece of raw and peeled potato won't do you any harm.

As a healthy adult, you would have to eat about five kilos of raw potatoes for these symptoms of poisoning to occur.

If you suspect poisoning, however, you should always consult a doctor.

By the way, raw potato juice is considered a natural home remedy for heartburn. The mucous substances in the potato protect the stomach lining.

How to Avoid Solanine Formation

Most potato varieties are already bred to have a low solanine content.

To prevent solanine formation, you should store your potato in a dark, cool, and dry place. This is how the fewest germs form. The solanine turns green when exposed to sunlight or strong light.

Also, if you store your potatoes too long, the toxin will be produced. That's why you should always peel old potatoes.

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What to consider when eating raw potatoes

Uncooked potatoes or potato juice can relieve some ailments, such as heartburn. If you want to eat raw potatoes, you should still keep a few points in mind.

It is particularly important that you peel the potato generously. Cut away any green or dark spots. You should also remove germination sites. After peeling, wash the potato properly.

Make sure you don't eat old potatoes. They have a higher solanine content. Better to use fresh varieties. You should also only eat a small amount of raw potatoes.

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Why potatoes are so healthy

You should rather avoid eating raw potatoes. But potatoes are really healthy. They provide a lot of carbohydrates and keep you full for a long time. Due to their high water content, they are also very low in calories.

Potatoes also contain a lot of protein, potassium, magnesium and iron. But also vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin C. The tuber also contains folic acid. This supports cell renewal.

The potato is one of the basic foods. In contrast to acid-forming foods, these have a positive effect on the body.

In the case of gastrointestinal complaints, mashed potatoes can even have a calming effect. It is easy to digest and the starch content binds acids and toxins.

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How to properly store potatoes

When shopping, you should make sure that the potato does not have any green spots. Because the tubers often lie in bright lights in supermarkets for days. So they develop solanine already there.

In order for the potatoes to last as long as possible, they are often sprayed with chemicals. Therefore, reach for untreated tubers. With organic potatoes, you can be pretty sure that they haven't been chemically treated.

But there are a few things to consider not only when buying. Correct storage is the be-all and end-all.

It is best to store the tubers in a cool, frost-free, dry and darkened cellar. This will help prevent rot and solanine build-up.

You should cook and eat new potatoes as soon as possible. All other potato varieties will keep for several months if properly stored. However, if you want to eat raw potatoes, use freshly purchased ones.

Proper preparation of the potatoes

Potatoes should always be processed gently. It is best to stew or cook. In this way you prevent the nutrients and vital substances from being lost.

You can cook potatoes however you want. With or without a bowl. The advantage of cooking potatoes with their skin on is that all the important vitamins and nutrients remain in the tuber. If you peel the potato beforehand, they are all gone.

You can of course eat the bowl. Older potatoes that are already sprouting should be peeled.

Tip: For more potato dishes, take a look at the cookbook “Tasty potato recipes”. You can order it from Amazon.

Our conclusion

Eating raw potatoes isn't particularly healthy and doesn't taste good either. However, the raw tubers are only poisonous in large quantities.

So the answer is: yes, you can eat an uncooked potato, but you won't get much pleasure from it.

So if you've ever eaten a raw potato, you don't have to worry. But you should give the small power bulbs the 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time. Tastes much better, believe me :)