how to mature/harden potato skins?

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  1. Johan Moum

    Johan Moum Active Member

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    Will leaving them in the sun to harden the skin ruin a potato. And if this is what I am supposed to do how long do you leave them in the sun. Or is their a better way to mature/harden the skin on potatos?
     
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    Do you mean before planting or after harvesting?
     

  3. Johan Moum

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    I meant after harvesting.
     
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    The potatoes plant itself must first have been mature. Taking early tubers from a growing plant will never make the skin any tougher or thicker than what it is after only a few hours of drying. Then, you do NOT allow them to dry and cure in the sun. If so, they will begin to produce solanine and turn green. Mature potatoes need only a few days of drying in the shade before storage. That extra time is so that any nicks or cuts have time to heal or scab over.

    Martin