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Spacey Purple Potatoes: Cosmic or Cuckoo?

Trendy Shanghai restaurants are serving French fries and other foods made with purple mutant space potatoes. Yes, that's right. These purple spuds are grown from seeds that have boldly gone where no spud has gone before. They were grown from seeds "mutated" by cosmic radiation aboard a Chinese spacecraft.

Apparently they are all the rage in Shanghai. Slightly sweet and purple in color, they are known as the Purple Orchid Three.

The Chinese space program claims that they have produced other fruits and veggies from other seeds that have been exposed to radiation, capsule pressure, and weightlessness.

Here's the deal - It's not that the seeds are nutritionally enhanced by being in space. They produce fruits and vegetables that are no different than any other fruit or vegetable.

China has tremendous national pride for successfully completing two manned missions in space. So this restaurant is capitalizing on with these "cosmic" potatoes. I guess pride tastes great.

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SunshineDaydream SunshineDaydream 9 years
They sold these at the Fresh Market.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 9 years
Those french fries sound amazing, SeptemberLights. I have also had the purple potatoes mashed - they taste similar and they look so cool. I didn’t know about radiation - interesting.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 9 years
i went to a nightclub that served these potatoes as french fries. they were deep purple and so pretty! they served them with goat cheese and truffle oil, it was delicious!
arista arista 9 years
Those potatoes are pretty, but I'm not sure I'd eat them.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
vrico - think it would make us "Heroes"??? LOL PSG - I loved that show when I had cable!
PinkSparkleGrl PinkSparkleGrl 9 years
Mike Rowe did a Dirty Jobs epi on these (any other) potatoes. It was pretty cool. I have seen these as potato chips as well!!!
vrico2005 vrico2005 9 years
I wonder if people will develop mutant powers as a result????
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Hmm...I think I'm going to steer clear of anything that associates itself with radiation!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
:rotfl: at "pride must taste great" LOL!!
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