If you are cooking a fancy potato puree and you need the texture to be just right, then peeling the potatoes might make sense. But if you are just making a regular meal using potatoes as one of the ingredients (a soup, baked potato, hash-browns, or really any other potato-containing meal), peeling the potato is just not necessary, and it removes a valuable nutrients. If you are worried about dirt or additives getting on top of the skin, just wash it. Any pesticides or fertilizers that got into the skin likely also penetrated deeper into the potato, so if this is something that really bothers you then you should find a better source of appropriate-quality potatoes.

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I have a friend who loves potatoes but they usually get a bad reaction due to being sensitive to the glycoalkaloid content.

As long as the potato isn’t too high in glycoalkaloids (eg, due to damage/light/sprouting/variety/etc), peeling followed by boiling is often sufficient to bring the levels down enough that they can enjoy copious quantities of their favourite starchy vegetable.

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Cool, learnt about glycoalkaloid, solanine, and this - Potatoes have been delivered with personalized messages as a novelty. Potato delivery services include Potato Parcel and Mail A Spud.

Carrots too.

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Uff, definitely! 😅

The one thing that I don’t peel that I have found to be the most controversial is kiwis. I find the skin of kiwis to be perfectly edible. But I do understand why many people don’t want to eat the tough and hairy kiwi skin when biting into a soft sweet fruit.

I’ve done that, but it does get in the way of enjoying them for me. I only eat one every couple of years so peeling isn’t much of an issue. A little off topic, but the one I get the most push back on is eating an apple core along with the apple. I only do it when I know I would otherwise have to carry a wet core garbage with me for a while.

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I am the same with apple cores! I have eaten a few to avoid carrying them. I am not a fan of the seeds but it’s alright.

Eat around the equator of the apple, close to the core; snap the hemispheres apart; shake out the seeds; eat to the stalk-pole and peel out the stalk; finish eating the apple. There is no core.

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Totally agree, I think for many people peeling becomes just “the way they do it” with no further consideration.

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