Littlest Potatoes

8 Oct

I never thought subscribing to a CSA box would actually be entertainment for me. But then they surprised me and sent me a bunch of fingerling potatoes. Including this one. The littlest potato ever. Let me give you a sense of scale. And as luck would have it Justin also got a “littlest potato” of his own in his box. Now every kid is going to want one.

46 Responses to “Littlest Potatoes”

  1. Amy October 8, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Justin’s potato looks like Mr. Hanky.

  2. Debbie M. October 8, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Wow, I’ve never seen a potato that small. They may be good baked. If you wanted to peel them I think you would need a surgical knife:)

  3. Pinar October 8, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Are you sure that second one is really a potato? My miniature poodle leaves “potatoes” that look just like that all over my yard…

  4. Elaine Dale October 8, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    Too cute! I’m guessing you’d cook them skin and all. Can you imagine trying to peel those!?

  5. Debbie Johnson October 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Love that perfectly round “nickel” potato. Too cute.

  6. Lee Bezotte October 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    What’s a CSA box and how can I subscribe to one?

  7. Suzie Q. Wacvet October 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    I think we need to start calling them “potatettes.”

  8. Lisa October 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Are you absolutely positively sure that last one is a potato? It resembles a little something I was picking up in my backyard this morning from my little pomeranian…hmmm. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to eat it. 😀

  9. Vertigo October 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi Jorge, first time commenting in your new blog. Love it!

    These little potatoes are delicious. I usually cut them in halves (without peeling!), boil for a few minutes then put them in the oven with some herbs, some olive oil and some “fleur de sel” (that grey rough hand harvested sea salt). It’s perfect to garnish roasted beef, chicken, etc…

    Looking forward to see you guys on the Spike TV Scream Awards 🙂

  10. SiL October 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    OMG they are so cute!! :))

  11. Kristianna October 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    You’re so funny. But yes, CSA shares are kind of a source of entertainment. I love the surprises every week, be it a softball sized cantaloupe, or a cucumber that curls around and around in spirals. Up here we only have a few more weeks of CSA shares before we hiatus for winter (they offer a winter share, but I honestly can go a long time without rutabagas and turnips). I’ve been enjoying trying to find interesting ways to use it all–chard rolls being a favorite.

    Anyway, thanks for the CSA giggle. 🙂

  12. Shira October 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    I’ve had this happen too! We also get teeny tiny beets sometimes, I end up throwing them in the compost bin, it’s not worth the time it takes to peel them (plus once they are peeled they are even teenier!)

    CSA’s rock though, regardless…

  13. Tena Lynn October 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    How cute! They are so wittle. 🙂

  14. Irish Girl October 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    Yep…I think that’s about the size potato my ancestors were living on for sustenance when they finally fled Ireland….


  15. Lori October 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    I just got my first box myself. SUPER tiny taters! 🙂

  16. pamelalovescharlie October 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    LOL…maybe those are the potatoes they use to make tater-tots 🙂

  17. Jess October 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    You could make french fries for tinker bell.

    • Elaine October 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

      I meant to reply to this one! That made me laugh!

  18. Rachael October 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    Recently my sister (who manages a farmers market) came over with a bag of these little things. At first glance I couldn’t tell what they were, some were marble sized and some were smaller, like peanuts. They were potatoes! She had gotten them from one of the farmers (maybe Olsen Farms) and they call them Spud Nuts. You just throw them on a baking pan with some oil, salt & pepper and they’re delicious!

    • Elaine October 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

      😀 funny!

  19. Pedro October 9, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    Jorge, yo ya he visto patatas de ese tamaño. Lo que importa es que sean bueanas y esten ricas que no tiene porqué no ser asi. Un saludo.

  20. moon October 9, 2010 at 6:31 am #


  21. Lyn October 9, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    Cute AND delicious! Those little potatoes are excellent cooked and tossed with a little butter and salt. Or roasted. Yum.

  22. Rachel October 9, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Hahah – I hope that they don’t promise you like “5 potatoes” for your box and these are the size they come in! 😉 lol

  23. Annie October 9, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    If you made frys would they be less calories 🙂

  24. Rich October 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    I just dug up 5 bushels of potatoes from my garden and you get those micro potatoes along with the usual small, medium ,and large. We call them “boilers” and you cook them skin and all.

  25. jackie October 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    that last little tater brings to mind my second husband

  26. Lindsay October 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I’ve had those taters before! “Teeny Tiny Potatoes” from Trader Joe’s. Delicious pan roasted with some salt, pepper, and rosemary!

  27. Jules October 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    That’s an awesome nickel sized potato! How did you cook it? In the toaster?

  28. Anna October 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    New Potatoes!!! They take suprisingly long to cook, but they are so fun to eat…

    I’m so happy I just found your blog, it’s a joy to read. Aloha from Alaska, we stayed in Kailua for the first time and I LOVED Formagio Grill, and had a blast on the Hummer LOST tour. ttfn

  29. nirese October 9, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

    I read this post not too long before taking a nap. Guess what I dreamed about? Peeling potatoes!

  30. casinoskunk October 10, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Instant Gnocchi!

    justin’s looks like a poop.

  31. Paul October 10, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Thats potato and egg breakfast tacos without cutting the potatoes… Yummy

  32. Frankie October 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Actually, at our farmer’s market here in Maine, they have a box of such tiny potatoes. If you have fresh green beans, throw the little potatoes in with the beans and they make a tasty combo. We are southerners, tho, and I think that is a southern thing, not a Maine thing.

  33. Tina October 10, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    Oh my god, that last one looks like cat poop!

  34. Karen October 11, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    How sweet – they even match your countertop!!!

  35. Kate C. October 11, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    Every summer at the farmer’s market, someone is selling these. My son loves them. I just steam them with the skin on, and he pops them in his mouth like little pieces of candy or something. Of course, if you don’t eat potato skins, you’ll have to get an itty-bitty peeler…

  36. Brandon October 11, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    Did you eat it? Was it the tastiest potato ever?

  37. jackson October 11, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Home Fries! Well, maybe apartment fries!

  38. Caroline B October 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Last year I illustrated a book about potatoes (100 paintings – argh!) so have absorbed some of the knowledge – those look like pink fir apple potatoes. They should have been delicious!! If they ever send you blue potatoes, you will love them!!

  39. Magnus October 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    baby toeling! Expecting my first CSA box on Thursday, and it feels like Christmas is coming 🙂

  40. Sariel October 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm #


  41. Sariel October 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    In Chile, we have the common potatos and some other varieties, but, the king of potatos is Perú. Take a look of its many kinds of potatos…

  42. Kathy October 13, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    I have a garden also and grow all sorts of things. You should see the awesom red peppers I’ve got right now. I live in the north so my gardening days are pretty much over, but the peppers linger on. Oh so good!

  43. James Hernandez October 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    Hey Jorge,

    Its Oktoberfest and those little potatoes would be perfect with beer and hoagies (yes its a Philadelphia thing).

  44. Jennifer November 18, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    Haven’t checked the blog in awhile, so I was scrolling backwards…the boys are with me and they were “narrating” what the pictures showed.. – “puppies!” “food” then…”why are they eating their dogs?”
    They thought the potatoes were your dogs a’la fresca.
    Now I have to go explain that my friends aren’t THAT kind of pet owner…

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