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Oct 10, 2016 8:36 PM CST
We dug our sweet potatoes today and many have black areas on the skins. It seems to be on the ones closest to the original slip that was planted. What is it? Are they safe to eat?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oct 10, 2016 9:33 PM CST

If they are closest to the original stem, they must also be the oldest. Unless the spots have made the potatoes taste/smell bad, I think you are safe to eat them. I have seen black spots on organic sweet potatoes. They go a little deeper than the skin and have a weird texture but don't affect taste. Cut them out either before or after you cook the potatoes.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Oct 11, 2016 9:27 AM CST
I agree
Everything from the garden isnt perfect. 😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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