Purple Potatoes

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Age Suggestion: 6 months +
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Common Allergen: No
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a purple potato, cut in half before being prepared for a baby starting solids

When can babies eat purple potatoes?

Potatoes may be offered as soon as your baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months old. Orange sweet potatoes are a common baby food, but purple potatoes are quickly becoming a popular choice as they are the superfood of potatoes!

Background and origins of purple potatoes

There are many varieties of purple potatoes. Among the most common are Adirondack Blue, Purple Creamer, Purple Majesty, and Purple Peruvian. Purple potatoes have a similar amount of moisture and starch as the common Yukon Gold potato, making them a great substitute in recipes that call for that variety.1

Can’t find purple potatoes? Sweet potatoes are just as good!

Reed, 7.5 months, eats purple potatoes for the first time.
Max, 11 months old, eats purple potato fries.
Callie, 12 months, eats purple potato.

Are purple potatoes healthy for babies?

Absolutely. Purple potatoes contain potassium and vitamins B6 and C. Purple potatoes also contain loads of anthocyanins, an antioxidant with lots of benefits. First, anthocyanins support brain and vision development. Second, they help build immunity, off-set toxic burdens from our modern environment, and introduce antimicrobials that help clear unfriendly gut bacteria.2 And finally, they give the tubers a bright, eye-catching color that inspires curiosity. Fun fact: anthocyanins are the same antioxidants in blueberries, currants, and purple grapes!

Are purple potatoes a common choking hazard for babies?

They shouldn’t be if they are peeled, cut into age-appropriate sizes, and cooked until soft.

For more information, visit our section on gagging and choking and familiarize yourself with common choking hazards.

Are purple potatoes a common allergen?

No. Allergies to purple potatoes are rare, though in theory, one could be allergic to any food. Watch your baby as they try new foods to monitor for any reaction.

How do you prepare potatoes for babies with baby-led weaning?

6 to 12 months old: Mess time! Offer your baby mashed purple potatoes for finger painting or long spears of purple potato fries. If going the mashed route, serve in a bowl that suctions to the table to encourage your baby to scoop with their hands, or offer the mashed potatoes a pre-loaded spoon for them to hold independently. (Offering a spoon vertically in the air will assist your baby in grabbing it from you.) If offering fries, don’t be surprised if your baby spits the food out a fair amount. Babies actually need to learn how to spit before they can swallow effectively!

12 to 18 months old: Continue with mashed potatoes or spears of potato fries. You may also offer small cubes of cooked potato and encourage the use of a fork.

18 to 24 months old: At this age your toddler is likely to enjoy all forms of potatoes, so try not to overdo any one preparation and continue to offer potatoes and other foods in a variety of shapes and forms. This variety will help keep picky eating at bay.

For more information on how to cut food for babies, visit our page on Food Sizes & Shapes.

Mashed purple potatoes are one of messiest dishes you can make. Keep on hand plenty of warm washcloths, a good smock, and your camera to capture the messy moment!

Recipe: Mashed Purple Potatoes

pile of mashed purple potatoes with a piece of butter, sitting on a countertop with a mashed purple potato coated spoon

Ingredients

  • Purple potatoes
  • Breast milk, formula, or milk
  • Avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to boil. While the water is heating, wash, peel, and halve 1 to 2 potatoes.
  2. Place in the boiling water and turn down the heat to medium. Let the water come to a simmer, then turn down the heat to low, letting the potatoes gently cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tip of a knife easily slides into one of the halves. Drain and let cool.
  3. Place the cooked potatoes in a bowl and add 1 ounce of breast milk, formula, milk and 1 teaspoon of avocado oil. You can omit the oil, but if you have it on hand, use it: it will help your baby’s digestion. Mash and mix the potatoes until they’re creamy and smooth, adding more milk or formula if desired.
  4. Serve the mashed potatoes in a bowl or on a pre-loaded spoon.

Flavor Pairings

Purple potatoes are versatile. They taste great with butter, cilantro, garlic, mushrooms, mustard, onions, rosemary, and thyme.

  1. How to Use Purple Potatoes. Cooks Illustrated. Retrieved December 4, 2019 (website)
  2. NCBI, U.S. National Library of Medicine. Anthocyanidins and anthocyanins: colored pigments as food, pharmaceutical ingredients, and the potential health benefits. Retrieved December 5, 2019 (website).