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Potato Cough

Do you coughs when you scrape the new skin off potatoes? To a degree I hadn't really noticed this before, but this year it's particularly bothersome.

Tomatoes can cause the same reaction, which might be why I can't say I like them unless they are cooked or processed. It's the same with peppers, they can repeat for a week!

BTW I can't drink vodka either.

It's just so fascinating how our body works.

Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.


  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,727
    Yes scraping new spuds always makes me cough. Worth it for the taste. 
    AB Still learning

  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,672
    Try cooking with the skins on and just rinse them first, more nutritious as well!
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,723
    My brother in law is allergic to the skins of potatoes.
    Instead of scraping them try boiling with the skins on and then slipping them out of the skins when they are cooked, no spores in the air then.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,281
    Scrape them in a bowl of water - maybe that would work..

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,413
    I usually scrape them wet if I'm not cooking them in the skins. That might help to stop anything floating into the air.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Cook, then peel afterwards.  The best part of the potato is just under the skin. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,413
    I prefer new potatoes cooked in the skins (all potatoes really, unless they're scabby), but OH prefers them scraped/peeled except jackets so I sometimes indulge him.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,727
    Lyn said:
    Cook, then peel afterwards.  The best part of the potato is just under the skin. 
    Yes that's well known but apparently new potato skin (the thin papery stuff) is toxic. They seem to loose this effect later in the season when the skins set. Remember potatoes are related to deadly nightshade. Never eat them if there is any green  on them. 
    AB Still learning

  • FireFire Posts: 18,927
    edited July 2022
    I have not heard if that before. What I do have is a blasted birch allergy, which is getting stronger. These days I get a reaction to eating apples, cherries, peaches and nectarines and other fruit related. My throat starts to close up,😡 not in a threatening  manner, but I can feel the restriction.   I get it with most raw nuts too, esp hazelnuts - which have a birch relation. A right royal PITA. I love cherries and am getting wary of trying. I’ve always had the raw nut reaction, itchy , aggravated throat, but peaches !?! 🤬

  • FireFire Posts: 18,927
    I thought this table was interesting. Maybe your potato reaction is related to the foods/grass allergy. 
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