Purple potatoes set to add some colour to your diet

Scotland's fields could soon be full of a rather unique crop - purple potatoes.

The newly bred variety, Purple Majesty, is set to hit supermarket shelves just in time for Hallowe'en and Scottish shoppers are expected to go wild for the tasty tubers.

Naturally grown and harvested by the Albert Bartlett company in Scotland, the new style tatties are a vivid purple inside and out and keep their colour even after being boiled and mashed.

Initially developed at Colorado University in the United States, just 400 tonnes of the potatoes have been grown this year but plans are already being made to boost crop volumes next year.

Gillian Kynoch, Head of Development at Albert Bartlett, said: “This potato is a real super hero, packing a powerful nutritional punch while tasting as delicious as more familiar varieties.

"They perform beautifully in the kitchen - mashing, baking, roasting and microwaving to perfection - and make spectacular chips and crisps."

High levels of anthocyanins - which are also found in blueberries, blackberries, and aubergines - give the vegetable its strange hue and provide an abundance of powerful antioxidants.

Purple Majesty potatoes go on sale in Sainsburys stores across Scotland from today and cost £1.50 for 1.25 kg.

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