barrie at cloud.net.au
Mon Apr 8 05:10:00 EST 1996
Greetings from Port Franklin, friendliest place in Oz!
G'day again Michael!!
-=> Quoting d_micro at ix.netcom.com(Michael to All <=-
d_> From: d_micro at ix.netcom.com(Michael (L Roginsky )
d_> Organization: Netcom
d_> By the way, did you
d_> know that against cultural beliefs of eating potato skins, they should
d_> be discarded. Any heavy metals are stored in the skins....potato is a
d_> good portion of this backcountry society. They never eat the peels!
I suppose it depends on what you mean by "peels". If you boil
spuds and then 'skin' them, you finish up with a glossy surface
whereas if you set into the raw spud with a potato 'peeler' the
cooked surface is (or most often should be) somewhat floury.
Now, removing the 'skin' like that is - in my opinion - a waste
of time, but in any case only removes that which is largely
However, if you 'peel' the spud, you remove the whole cambium
layer and with it all the vitamins, minerals and proteins so
that all you are left with is nearly pure starch. Nothing
wrong with starch, even for slimmers: it is what folk put on
the starch that makes them fat - oil for roasting or making
chips (or even worse those finely divided and badly named
'french fries', butter, cream, sour cream or milk.
To be sure, if you do peel them you will get rid of any
possible concentration of heavy metals, but you also get rid of
some of the finest of their food value.
I have no idea what your conditions are, but do you really have
a problem with heavy metals in your garden or the atmosphere
(like smoke polution from factories using heavy metals)?
The Irish have traditionally served potatoes "in their jackets"
as it is said, and this holds (or did when I lived there for 12
years) even for "posh" hotels and restaurants. In the time of
the famines, the Irish would have died out completely had they
not eaten the layer immediately under the skin.
I respect your right to your own opinion and your right to tell
others of it: it is just that I feel that the course you
propose is rather taking a sledge-hammer to crack a nut. I
just hope that the nut that gets cracked is not mine!
Keep smiling - and eating the fabulous spud any way you like.
Tweet tweet! Time to go back on my perch now!
Barrie, the Pear Tree Twit.
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