Getting ready to make latkes? Think twice before you peel those potatoes. Peels add a lot more than flavor and texture.
When you toss potato peels, you're tossing a significant amount of fiber, potassium, vitamins and phytochemicals.
It's true with other vegetables as well. The skin of sweet potatoes and eggplant, for instance, contain vitamins, minerals and the potent antioxidant quercetin. Most of the fiber in apples and pears is in the skin.
What about pesticide residue?
Organically grown is your best choice, especially with apples, pears and potatoes, which can be heavily sprayed. If conventionally grown produce is your only choice, be sure to wash it carefully. (Organically grown produce should also be washed to get rid of the dirt.)
So when you make latkes this Chanukah, save yourself the time and energy of peeling potatoes. You'll be saving some valuable nutrients at the same time.
Chag Sameach! Happy Chanukah!