I read something really interesting the other day in one of my cookbooks. Put an apple in with your potatoes, it said, to prevent the potatoes from sprouting in storage.
I wish I would have heard that a couple of years ago. . . my potatoes sprouted like mad last winter and I ended up tossing quite a few of them because they were sort of shrivelled up and not very appealing to look at (or cook with).
I’ve used all my fingerlings and almost all my red ones so far–pretty much all I have left is some blue ones. Maybe 25 or so, roughly golf-ball-sized.
You can see they’re already sprouting fairly vigorously.
Below are the potato bags we bought last year and didn’t use. I was feeling pretty good that this past fall I was organized enough to actually put the potatoes in the potato bags.
So, after reading that tip last weekend, I tossed an apple in the bag with the remaining potatoes. . . I’m not sure if it counts when they’ve started sprouting already. It will be interesting to see if it seems to have an effect on the potatoes.
I’ll keep you posted.