When to put potatoes with shoots in the trash

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Who doesn’t know it: you buy a bag of potatoes, and after a short time, they germinate and shoot sprouts from the tubers? But when do grown potatoes belong in the garbage?

In most cases, sprouting potatoes belong in the trash. The more shoots that can be seen, the more solanine is produced in the potato, which is toxic. Solanine causes headaches, nausea and vomiting to respiratory problems in humans.

The rule of thumb is: if the potato is still plump and there are only up to five buds, you can calmly cut away the shoots, peel the potato, and prepare it any way you like. If the potatoes are shrivelled, soft, and have many buds, they should be discarded. The solanine content is likely very high, so peeling would not be enough to remove the toxic substances.

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