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Wednesday 26th October 2016

Purple potato launched

6th October 2010

A new type of healthy purple potato will soon be available to buy from supermarkets in the UK.


The potato, known as the Purple Majesty, has up to ten times the level of antioxidants found in white potatoes.

Potatoes originally came from high altitudes in the Andes and can be many different sizes, shapes and colours.

The new breed of vegetable was created by scientists at Colorado State University. The potato has not been genetically modified and can be grown in Scotland, according to trials.

The first crop of 400 tonnes of potatoes will be put on sale in Sainsbury's supermarkets in Scotland and the south-east this week.

Dr Catherine Tsang, who took part in the study, said: "Our research specifically looked at Purple Majesty potatoes which, unlike white potatoes, contain a natural pigment called anthocyanins."

"It's this pigment that gives the potato the purple appearance, but more importantly, it possesses antioxidant properties, which are maintained even after cooking."

She added that most people recognised the studies which showed red wine had a "more positive effect" on heart health than white, because of the higher levels of antioxidants it contained.


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