From tiny turnips to edible blossoms, we've had lots of fun discovering new ingredients at our farmers' markets lately. Yesterday we came across something truly unusual: bi-colored potatoes!
Available from Weiser Family Farms in Southern California, the purple and gold potatoes are an experimental variety currently being grown and sold in small quantities. We couldn't resist taking some home and hope more people will get to try them, too. Behind the distinctive exterior is a creamy, golden flesh with a buttery, nutty flavor. Fairly starchy, they are best baked, roasted, or fried (though we also boiled some and they were delicious prepared that way, too).
The potatoes are so new that they don't actually have a name. The Weisers have been calling them Zebra potatoes, Pinto potatoes, or Laker Bakers (referring to LA's purple and gold-clad basketball team) and are taking suggestions. To learn more, check out the Weiser Family Farms site.
• For more information on Los Angeles area farmers' markets, visit Farmernet.com
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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