By Caroline Wright/TheConversation.com
Senior Lecturer in Horticulture
Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
We’ve all been there, you buy some potatoes, pop them in the cupboard, and then promptly forget about them. Then the next time you open up the cupboard, you discover said potatoes have started sprouting and now resemble an alien lifeform.
So what do you do? Do you cut off the sprouts and bring them to the boil, or chuck them in the bin deeming them inedible?
You may have heard horror stories of people being poisoned by sprouting potatoes, but is there actually any truth to any of these tales? To answer this question, first we need to know a little bit about what a potato actually is in terms of its botanical structure. [Read more…]