Potatoes okay after a hot summer in the ground?
August 18, 2012 1:12 PM Subscribe
Should-I-Eat-ThisFilter, gardening edition: while cleaning my garden after months of neglect, I found a ton of gorgeous fingerling potatoes. The bad part: they've been in hot soil all summer. I didn't even know they were there.
posted by liet to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Google searches reveal a lot of recommendations to leave potatoes in the ground for storage, but they seem to assume a more temperate climate than the hellscape of Austin, TX.
I planted the potatoes in February, using seed potatoes from a local nursery and supposedly good for our climate. They grew splendidly through the spring, then they half-died from bugs and blight (I think -- yellow spots on leaves, etc.). That was right about the time the stupid summer heat started in earnest, and I gave up on the whole garden. These little potatoes have been in hot soil ever since. I had figured the potato plants had died and taken the tubers with them.
So should I eat them? Some had little roots, but they otherwise look good to me. I'm concerned about heat, insect, and hell, even blight damage.