Potato Peels

Posted 2011.06.06 13.31 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Why do we talk about peeling potatos but then we talk about eating potato skins, or having french fries made with the skins on?

Why are they peels when we have to remove them, but skins when we want to eat them?

I think it’s because we don’t like to think about skinning things (unless you work in a tannery or abbatoire I guess) and we don’t like to think about eating peels (oranges and bananas come to mind.)

Not really going anywhere with this, it’s just something I was thinking about this morning.


  1. Lezley says:

    I hate how peel is all prettied up by calling it ‘zest’.

    It’s fucking peel. It’s the garbage of the fruit and doesn’t belong in any of my desserts.


    1. Stephanie says:

      Oooh. Next time I’m at a fancy gourmet kitchen tools kind of place, I have to remember to ask if they sell Potato Zesters. And if not, then can I use a lemon zester on potatos?

      If pressed, I will try and convince them it’s an emerging new trend in fusion cuisine.

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