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I'm sauteeing leeks and mushrooms for tomorrow's (tonight's?) dinner. The leeks are turning purple. They didn't start out purple. They've never done this before.

Any idea if this is normal?

Current Mood: confused confused

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rebelzero From: rebelzero Date: August 12th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen a purple leek
I never hope to see one
But I can tell you anyhow
I'd rather seek, then be one
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 12th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
you are a freak!
kitsunebeast From: kitsunebeast Date: August 12th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
There was something like this about Garlic a couple of weeks/months ago on The Splendid Table, but can't seem to find it searching their site. Basically, a rare chemical reaction that can happen but shouldn't effect the taste/safety of the food.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 12th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. Now that you mention garlic, I seem to remember that happening to my garlic once or twice in the past. Hrm. I wonder what it's reacting to. It tasted fine. Originally I was pulling out the purple bits, but then I realized most of them were turning purple but tasted fine, so I decided to just go with it. Thanks for the pointer to The Splendid Table, also. I hadn't seen that site before.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: August 12th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)

If you're sauteeing them with the mushrooms, a colour change could come from there, of course (since mushrooms can give water a pinkish tinge), but I presume from your surprise that this is doing them separately from the mushrooms?

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stone_ From: stone_ Date: August 12th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's not what it says in my cookbook!
From: have_inner_lady Date: August 12th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
All species of purple pole beans turn green when you cook them. Maybe it happens in reverse for other species?
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