Purple Majesty Potatoes

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Purple majesty potatoes with spring chicken and asparagus

Purple majesty potatoes with spring chicken and asparagus

How very exciting when I found purple potatoes at Sainsbury last Wednesday, the very day it came into the market! I seldom buy potatoes except for curries so I must really give myself a pat on my  back for sharp eyes….for once! It’s called Purple Majestic Potatoes….the king of all potaotoes! It really looks like as if I have not had enough of the royal food when I posted the Buckingham Palace Shortbread and Blueberry Pound Cake (blueberry is the king of fruits for health) last week….haha. Wonder what’s next! 

A bag of purple majesty potatoes

A bag of purple majesty potatoes

Just like blueberries, my favourite, these purple majesty have similar deep, vibrant purple colour indicating that it’s high in the antioxidant anthocyanin. I couldn’t resist the temptation to try. Immediately I bought a bag.

A recipe booklet

A recipe booklet

Looking into the box, there were even free booklets with pictures and recipes…how cool! I couldn’t wait to cook them when I got home. I was very curious to know how they taste. I baked a ready marinated spring chicken (also called poussin) and these purple potatoes together and also a stir fried asparagus for dinner. That was such a wonderful dinner that we had…something different…a Western meal for a change.

Washed and cut

Washed and cut

I find these potatoes very easy to cook. Wash and cut the potatoes into half and arrange them skin side up, without any seasoning or oil. Use a fork to poke some holes on the skin to let the steam escape as they cook. Baked the potatoes and the spring chicken together at 200 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes. They will be cooked at the same time. While the chicken and the potatoes are in the oven, I stir fried some asparagus with lots of garlic and lightly seasoned with sea salt….my usual favourite way of stir fry.

Purple majesty potatoes in the factory

Purple majesty potatoes in the factory on TV

Purple majesty potato mash

Purple majesty potato mash on TV

While I was peeling the root vegetables, suddenly I heard the mention of purple potatoes on TV. The commentator was explaining about this new breed of potatoes and asking people about their opinion after tasting the purple potato mash. You can read more on the Mail Online. I read that Scotland is the best place to plant these potatoes. That’s really interesting.

Well, talking about these wonderful purple potatoes, I am still looking for purple sweet potatoes here in Scotland. I love sweet potatoes, another very healthy root vegetables. I have quite a lot of sweet potato recipes. You can click on http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com/recipes/ to view. But in the mean time, I’m going to enjoy these purple majesty potatoes in different ways.

Have you tried this purple majesty potatoes? What is your favourite way of cooking them? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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DG  on October 11th, 2010

Never try this before, colour exactly look like the purple sweet potato. I saw the packaging from your photo, it said good for baking too. I wonder will the taste be the same like potato or sweet potato?

anncoo  on October 11th, 2010

I saw purple potatoes at the Market’s Place before but never buy them. Please show more of your recipes on purple potatoes ;))

Sushma Mallya  on October 11th, 2010

I didnt hear abt it before but nice to know abt it…

Von  on October 11th, 2010

Wow! I love the colour =) I’ve never seen or heard of these potatoes before….
I’ve had purple sweet potatoes before though =D They’re really nice! Which is why, to me, these look so so good!!

the lacquer spoon  on October 11th, 2010

I happened to read an article about this new potato yesterday, and thanks for your report of how it works! That’s utterly beautiful!!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table  on October 11th, 2010

Oooh! The colour is gorgeous! I love the look of the purple potato mash - it looks like yam or blueberry ice cream!

Your dish looks fabulous, especially the spring chicken. I can see how perfectly crisp the skin on the leg is!!

kristy  on October 11th, 2010

Oh Mary, these are purple potatoes! I thought they’re sweet potatoes at first. Wow, this is so interesting. Are they expensive or same as the others? I love the colour so much. Lucky you, now I am so envy! Oh yes, green eyes Kristy! HAHAHA.. Hope you’re enjoying your day too.
Blessings, Kristy

Mary  on October 11th, 2010

@DG - It is very delicious. It’s not sweet and taste like potatoes. I have tried it as fries and also in soup. I like it very much :D

@anncoo - Wow…that quick to have that in Singapore. This potato is very new here. Yes, have cooked a few times. Will post soon. Hope my family doesn’t get fed up with it too soon…haha :D

@Sushma Mallya - I’m glad to find these, too :D

@Von - Yes I love purple sweet potatoes but can’t find here. But now at least I can enjoy these…same colour :D

@the lacquer spoon - Thanks very much! :D

@denise @ quickies on the dinner table - Yes, I must make ice cream or mash with it too :D Must be very delicious.

@kristy - No, they are not expensive, about the same price as other potatoes…maybe slightly more expensive. Haha…come and I’ll cook for you, Kristy! :D Hope you have a great day, too.

noobcook  on October 11th, 2010

wow so cute. I think I only saw purple potatoes here once, they are quite rare. Look forward to your other ‘royal food’ ;)

kitchen flavours  on October 11th, 2010

Wow, I have never tried purple potatoes before! Would have to keep a look out for this, though I doubt that I can find it over here! Thanks for sharing this.

Sanjeeta kk  on October 11th, 2010

Have never come across this delicacy. Purple potato sounds exciting.

peteformation  on October 11th, 2010

Wah, Your Majesty Queen Mary of Buckingham, can I have a bite of this yummy dish? ha ha ha!

Haven’t seen purple potatoes being sold here before……looks good!

Joanne  on October 11th, 2010

I had purple majesty potatoes just a few weeks ago and adored them! They are just the prettiest things!

divya  on October 11th, 2010

Wow, I have never tried purple potatoes before! looks yummy…

Jeannie  on October 11th, 2010

That looks like a great find! I can’t resist purple sweet potatoes so I guess I won’t be able to resist these potatoes too!Hopefully, they will find their way to our shores soon!:D

Faith  on October 11th, 2010

The potatoes are such a pretty shade of purple! I would love to be able to find them here!

Katerina  on October 11th, 2010

I have never seen or tried these before. There are no such potatoes in Greece. I wish i could taste them.

elra  on October 11th, 2010

Love the color, delicious, and nutritious!

Swathi  on October 11th, 2010

Purple potatoes, Looks delicious.

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on October 11th, 2010

I have eaten purple potatoes once but never saw them again at the stores. I wish they would bring in some more as they nutritious and look so pretty. I am also still looking for purple sweet potatoes too. That’s a lovely meal indeed!

Belinda @zomppa  on October 11th, 2010

Nicely done! We get Stokes purple ones here and it’s always fun to add some color to the plate.

Monet  on October 11th, 2010

Hi Mary! What beautiful potatoes. I’ve never seen anything like them before, but the hue is just stunning. Thank you for sharing a new produce variety with me. Now I just need to find some of my own!

Joy  on October 11th, 2010

That is great you found this. I have never heard of it.

Karen  on October 11th, 2010

I love these potatoes…they are such a wonderful color. I’ve never tried mashing them…what a fun and unexpected dish!

Drick  on October 11th, 2010

have not seen these locally nor been able to try them - will have to rely on you to teach me the goodness of these beauties…

Krista  on October 11th, 2010

I’ve only used purple potatoes in roast chicken dinner - but I LOVE the looks of them mashed. :-) How pretty!

Pachecopatty  on October 11th, 2010

I love the look of your plate with the purple potatoes, very fun with the other colors and I’m sure delicious tasting:)

Ananda Rajashekar  on October 11th, 2010

Never heard of these potatoes…looking fwd for majestic royal post :p

tigerfish  on October 11th, 2010

NOw they are for the majesty. Not sure if can get the same variety here but I think I saw purple potatoes here before?

Simply Life  on October 11th, 2010

oh what a great meal!

Emily @Cleanliness  on October 11th, 2010

Love the colors! How majestic :-)

sweetlife  on October 11th, 2010

i love those taters…great color, great meal..I need to look out for these..


cookie  on October 11th, 2010

Hi Mary, this is sth new. I prefer sweet potato to potato but i should try since i am here. Gonna check out the Sainsbury soon!

love2cook  on October 11th, 2010

WOW, this is really healthy and tempting! Never had purple potato b4…;)

Jess @ Bakericious  on October 11th, 2010

I nvr buy purple potato for cooking b4 but I ate purple potato chips b4, expensive but yummy :).

5 Star Foodie  on October 11th, 2010

Those are very cool - love the purple color!

suituapui  on October 11th, 2010

Oh? Never seen those before… In the end, looks like yam! Maybe a hybrid of the two. Wonder if it tastes like yam…or potatoes.

Reeni  on October 11th, 2010

I had purple potatoes once and loved them! They were tiny like new potatoes. These are so pretty! I hope my market gets them in too.

Lyndsey  on October 11th, 2010

They look lovely and that’s a good size bag. I haven’t found good purple potatoes like that, but I have found some great purple sweet potatoes in my wonderful Asian market! The purple mash looks interesting.

penny aka jeroxie  on October 11th, 2010

love the look of the mash. beautiful colourrr!

TasteHongKong  on October 12th, 2010

They really look vibrant; ours here are lighter in color and slightly tubular in shapes. Love to cook them in sweet soups and bring them to BBQ as well.
Mary, I bet you always have sharp eyes … not once : ).

Sarah  on October 12th, 2010

If they are sweet (like our local variety) you might want to make bubur cha cha with them too :)

Elin  on October 12th, 2010

Mary…I have never seen a purple potato before…I will surely buy them if they are available in the supermarket:) Thanks for sharing about the purple potato in this write out :)

Lazaro  on October 12th, 2010

Purple potatoes add so much color to a dish. And flavor as well. One of my favorite ingredients to work with. Great job.

Cheah  on October 12th, 2010

The other day it was Queen Mary, now it’s Majesty!
Haven’t seen these before, for a brief moment thought it was purple potatoes. Good job, Mary!

Heavenly Housewife  on October 12th, 2010

I’ve heard about these. Funny, these sorts of colourful potatoes have been available in the US for a while, I’m so glad they brought them here. I can’t wait to try them for myself :)
*kisses* HH

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on October 12th, 2010

You seem to be at the cutting edge of potato technology right now, Mary! Haven’t seen this type in Australia, but I haven’t exactly been looking either. Will keep my eyes open next time I’m at the market.

lequan  on October 12th, 2010

Hey Mary,

These purple majestic potatoes are new to me. I’ve never seen or have tasted them before. That’s a rather pretty colour on the mashed potato. Your dinner looks delicious. After having Chinese food everyday for the week, we also like to mix in some western meals like that. By the way, thank you for your sweet comments. I really appreciate and look forward to all of them. I can tell who really reads my posts and who just skims through the pictures. I just want to say THANK YOU for always reading. My back is actually getting better :-D

Blackswan  on October 12th, 2010

I’ve seen these in the supermarket but just didn’t have the courage to be the guinea pigs. Hahaha! I’m still wondering about the taste…..

Aipi  on October 12th, 2010

I love finding about new ingredients to cook with and looks like I have found myself another one..now I have to go looking where they sell purple potatoes around here :)

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petite nyonya  on October 13th, 2010

must be so interesting to see fresh purple potatoes! haha. i’ve only eaten purple potato in chips form, imported chips. it makes yr whole meal a unique experience!

Mary  on October 13th, 2010

@noobcook - Thanks very much! Yes, will post more soon :D

@kitchen flavours - Hope you can get it there. I’m sure it will get there one day…hopefully soon :D

@Sanjeeta kk - Yes, I was so excited to find them. They taste very delicious :D

@peteformation - Haha….Pete…you are a joker! Maybe queen Mary of potatoes…LOL :D

@Joanne - So good to know you can get there on your side. Agree with you…very delicious! :D

@divya - Hope you can get to try soon….healthy and delicious :D

@Jeannie - Yes, hope you can find them there soon. But I really miss the sweet potatoes. I still miss your sweet potato moon cakes. Maybe I should use these potatoes to try :D

@Faith - Hope you can fid them. I can only imagine all the wonderful dishes you can make with them :D

@Katerina - If these potatoes can be planted in Scotland, I hope they can be planted in Greece, too. Hope you can get them there soon. I’m sure you will like them :D

@elra - Thanks very much, Elra! :D

@Swathi - Thanks very much, Swathi!

@Biren @ Roti n Rice - Hope you can find them there again. They are really so good. Biren, we really have to wait hard for purple sweet potatoes….haha :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Yes, I love colours in my food, too. These purple potatoes just do the trick :D

@Monet - Thanks very much, Monet! Hope you can find them there on your side :D

@Joy - I’m really glad to find these here. Hope you can find them there, too :D

@Karen - I’m going to try mashing them one of these days…looks delicious :D

@Drick - Maybe you have to try and plant them, Drick :P I’m hopeless in planting anything…plants can’t stand my look…LOL :D

@Krista - Yes, agree with you that they look pretty mashed. I would love to try :D

@Pachecopatty - Yes, it was a colourful and delicious meal….very satisfying :D

@Ananda Rajashekar - You can get these at Sainsbury. Give a try. Have fun cooking :D

@tigerfish - Give a try if you can get these lovely potatoes….something different. I like them :D

@Simply Life - Thanks very much! :D

@Emily @Cleanliness - Thanks very much :D

@sweetlife - Hope you can get them there. I know you can turn them into wonderful meals :D

@cookie - Yes, you can get them at Sainsbury. They are very delicious. Have fun cooking :D

@love2cook - Hope you can find them there. Yes…healthy and delicious :D

@Jess @ Bakericious - Ooooh…I must try to make chips out of them. I’m sure they are very delicious….yum :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@suituapui - They taste like potatoes. I’m doubtful you can find them in Sibu. I actually wonder if you can find purple sweet potatoes there…..didn’t see them when I was back home. Maybe it was because I didn’t have time to look out for them :P

@Reeni - Yes, they are smaller than the normal ones and taste really good. Hope you can get them there soon :D

@Lyndsey - Oh…now I’m so jealous…wish I can find purple sweet potatoes here! I really miss them. Maybe I should add sugar to these purple majesty potatoes and imagine they are sweet potatoes…haha :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! :D

@TasteHongKong - I think yours there are sweet potatoes. These are not sweet potatoes…just normal potatoes. May be I can try them in sweet soup, too :D Wish I have sharp eyes ALWAYS…..have to depend on luck most of the time…haha :D

@Sarah - Yes, I wish they are sweet…can make lots of nice desserts. But right now have to be happy with these :D

@Elin - Hope you can find them there. They are new here…only found in one supermarket so far. Hope one day they will come out with purple sweet potatoes :D

@Lazaro - Lovely to know you cook with these potatoes. I have lots to catch up :D

@Cheah - Haha…Cheah, you are just so sweet! I am queen of potatoes, especially sweet potatoes :D

@Heavenly Housewife - Lovely to know you can get them day. I can just imagine all the delicious dishes you are going to make. Have fun coking :D

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Haha….I can be a potato promoter! :D Hope you can find them there.

@lequan - Thanks very much, LeQuan, for sharing and lovely comment! Really glad to know that your back is getting better :D Please take care.

@Blackswan - Oh….it’s good to be a guinea pig, Shirley…haha. I’m always a great volunteer…self volunteer…haha. These potatoes are delicious. Now you can try :D

@Aipi - Lovely to know you are adventurous in cooking, too. Hope you can find these potatoes there. have fun cooking :D

@petite nyonya - Yes, you can imagine my surprise when I saw them..haha :D Yes, I’m going to try making chips with them. I bet they are very addictive.

peanutts  on October 13th, 2010

I have heard of purple potatoes but never tasted them,

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on October 13th, 2010

I haven’t seen any Purple Majestic Potatoes here. The flesh looks like purple sweet potatoes. It must be very delicious. Really want to try some.

choohk  on October 13th, 2010

Haven’t seen them here in our sunny island, but purple sweet potato, yes. Love the deep purple hue and your meal sure looks healthy and complete. :)

TasteHongKong  on October 13th, 2010

Yes, I was talking about sweet potatoes. Sorry for the confusion but happy that you are not misled by me, thanks Mary!

Patty  on October 13th, 2010

I really enjoyed your post! We have just seen purple potatoes at our local grocer, but I have to admit, I’ve been hesitant to try them. They are very beautiful - the potato mash you photographed is stunning. You’ve inspired me to try them!

Devaki @weavethousandflavors  on October 13th, 2010

Dear Mary - I have never cooked with purple potatopes before and these are wonderful….they remind me of purple yams my mum would fry up for me as a kid!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Pepy @Indonesia Eats  on October 13th, 2010

I first saw purple potatoes when I watched Food TV Canada channel. I thought they were taro for a while.

Rachana  on October 13th, 2010

I have never used purple potatoes in my cooking. Must find them soon :-)

Stella  on October 13th, 2010

Ooh, I would have been happy to find those purple potatoes too, Mary! They are so pretty. I’ve seen them in Peruvian cooking-me thinks. Anyway, yours look delicious. I’ll keep my eye open for them at the farmer’s market this Saturday!

Magic of Spice  on October 13th, 2010

I do love these purple potatoes…Looks like you made out here, enjoy :)

Little Inbox  on October 13th, 2010

Lovely potato to go with the spring chicken and asparagus. This is a healthy meal that I love to have. :)

Viviane @ Taste-Buds  on October 14th, 2010

I never saw purple potatoes! That is so cool!

Viviane @ Taste-Buds  on October 14th, 2010

I have never seen purple potatoes! How cool!

Mary  on October 14th, 2010

@peanutts - Give a try if you see them. they are very delicious :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Hope you can get them. They are very delicious. I like it very much :D

@choohk - I love the purple sweet potatoes, too. These are also very delicious. Hope you can get them there soon. :D

@TasteHongKong - Haha…I thought so. But if I can’t find the sweet version, maybe I should try with these ones by adding more sugar :D

@Patty - Great that you can get these over at your side. Give a try. they are very delicious. I just had it again for dinner yesterday evening with salmon and mixed vegetables…..delicious! :D

@Devaki @weavethousandflavors - Yes, I’m going to fry some. I love the colour and taste. Hope you can find these at your place. I’m so glad I can find them here :D

@Pepy @Indonesia Eats - Give a try if you can get there. They are delicious. I like them very much :D

@Rachana - Hope you can find them over at your place. Have fun cooking :D

@Stella - Thanks very much, Stella! Yes, maybe the farmers market has them. Hope you can get them. I’m not apotato person but I like these :D

@Magic of Spice - Thanks very much! :D

@Little Inbox - Thanks very much! :D

@Viviane @ Taste-Buds - Hope you can find them there. Have fun cooking :D

rebecca  on October 14th, 2010

cool you found purple spuds love it

Mary  on October 15th, 2010

@Rebecca - Yes, these are so cute, pretty and delicious :D

My Restaurants Melbourne  on October 15th, 2010

love those purple majesty potatoes, the colour is out standing!!!

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge  on October 15th, 2010

I have some of these potatoes planted in my garden, can;t wait till I can ripe them all out. They taste fantastic fried. Th mash looks very interesting

Dimah  on October 16th, 2010

That looks delicious! love the purple color :)

Catherine  on October 21st, 2010

Oooh I read about these! As a fellow tottie fiend, I must try this! Would be good to have a sweet potato variety also :)

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