Have you ever wondered how many potatoes you could grow from a single plant? Well, prepare to be amazed!
If you haven't yet seen the viral TikTok video from @farmersdefense, you're in for a spud-tastic treat!
This video with over 2 million views, 208.3k likes, 208 shares, and 449 comments will make you want to start planting your own potatoes immediately.
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In this video, the gardener is excitedly harvesting her bountiful potatoes from a single plant.
She digs up the soil with her bare hands and unearths potatoes of different sizes and shapes.
There was an assortment of small and big potatoes, including ones that have weird shapes, or two and three potatoes fused together.
At one point, she was able to dig up a potato that has a greenish shade. She mentions the fact that it’s not good to eat and adds that she will just plant it again.
Here's how you can tell the potatoes are ready to be dug up: When Are Potatoes Ready To Harvest?
Viewers also adore how excited she was with each harvest and find her accent adorable. It's cute how she calls her harvest “potaters” or “taters”.
At the end of the video, she puts all her abundant harvest in a pile.
She shows how much potatoes have grown and multiplied from just planting a single potato.
One viewer, @jessiefluffy, asked the question that many were curious about, "Why can't you eat green potatoes?"
Another viewer, @user1479548081758, expressed their love for the woman's accent, "I love your accent! Say it again, potaterrrrs!"
@redleafranch commented, "Look at all them taters! Abundanceeee!"
Can You Eat Green Potatoes?
A part of the video shows the woman harvesting a greenish potato and mentions that you shouldn't eat the green ones.
This sparked a discussion in the comments, with many viewers sharing their knowledge on the topic.
@farmersdefense explains in a comment that green potatoes contain solanine, a toxic compound.
We got curious too, so we did our own digging on the subject.
Potatoes turn green due to the presence of chlorophyll, a natural pigment that gives plants their green color.
When potatoes are exposed to light, they begin to produce chlorophyll, which can cause the skin of the potato to turn green.
While the green color itself is not harmful, it is an indication that the potato may contain higher levels of solanine, a toxic compound that can cause poisoning.
Symptoms of poisoning can include drowsiness and an irritated gut. However, this only happens if you have ingested a significant amount.
Nevertheless, it is relatively safe to eat if you just cut off the greenish part and cook the potatoes properly. However, if the potato already has a bitter taste, it is best not to consume it.
Plant Your Own Potatoes And Experience The Thrill Of The Harvest!
Not only are potatoes a delicious and versatile food, but they are also a great source of vitamins and minerals.
If you're looking to start your own potato garden, here are a few tips to get you started:
- Choose a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining soil.
- Cut your seed potatoes into pieces ensuring that each has at least one "eye."
- Plant your seed potatoes in the soil, with the "eyes" facing up.
- Water your potatoes regularly, but don't overwater them.
- Finally, harvest your potatoes when the leaves start to turn yellow and die back.
This video is a testament to the joy of gardening. With just a single potato and some soil, you too can also have an abundance of potatoes in your garden.
Ready to grow your first batch of potatoes? Read here for more tips:
A tip of the trowel to OpenAI's ChatGPT for helping cultivate this article.