Monday, September 11, 2017

If I Can't Have Orange Sweet Peas, I'll Take Orange Potatoes!

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Prince of Orange potatoes aglow in September's golden light
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You might recall my recent post describing my fruitless attempts at growing orange colored sweet peas, found here, and how the variety called Prince of Orange turned out to be nothing more than a very pretty shade of pink.  Well, last Saturday morning while trolling the groaning farmers' market stands stocked with late-summer produce, I noticed a different Prince of Orange.  Wait a minute! Did I really just clap eyes upon an orange-hued potato?  Indeed I did, and here's the proof:

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I was delighted to unload my market basket with the spoils of the morning, including this brown paper bag, overflowing with some very photogenic orange-hued potatoes
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Wouldn't you just know it, these earthy tubers, no bigger than a few inches in length, are the most flavorful potatoes I've had the pleasure of sampling in quite a while.  And, yes, they really are orange!
Their interior is equally delightful to the eye, possessing a glorious sunny-yellow flesh. Prince of Orange might very well be the most strikingly handsome spud of them all.

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What a lovely surprise to discover that Prince of Orange's interior is as colorful as its skin
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I prepared the potatoes simply, so that their delicious, creamy flavor might remain front and center. Boiled, then coated in extra virgin olive oil and chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, a liberal sprinkling of salt, and a few cracks of the pepper mill, and my princely potatoes were ready for the table.  Need I say it, they were heavenly!

Having frequented the farmers' markets in my area for many years, I remain perpetually awestruck by the range of unfamiliar fruit and vegetable varieties, both modern and heirloom, that are cultivated by our local farmers.  How grateful I remain for their steadfast toil and dedication in delivering their glorious fresh bounty to market, well before the sun comes up so that we, their appreciative fans, are able to eat so well.

Can you recall the last time you sampled an unfamiliar yet enjoyable variety of vegetable or fruit?

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