This relative potato has come with many names and we’re sure most are accurate. We, for simplicity choose the name that is most succinct, Purple Potato. Is there a more interesting and beautiful fruit or vegetable? May be prepared as you would any potato; however, long cooking periods diminish the color. Purple cook faster than white. A good source of fiber, vitamin C and iron.
The Purple potato is native to Peru and Bolivia and spread to Europe in the 16th century when Spanish sailors gathered and used the tubers to cure scurvy for long voyages. Purple potatoes were recently introduced to the United States in the mid-1980s and first became popular in Los Angeles for its versatility, health benefits, and vibrant color. Today, Purple potatoes are commercially cultivated in South America, North America, and Europe and can be found at specialty grocers and local farmers markets.