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Like all parts of the plant except the tubers, the fruit contain the toxic alkaloid solanine and are therefore unsuitable for consumption.
They bear white, pink, red, blue, or purple flowers with yellow stamens.
Some Englishmen who did not fancy potatoes formed a Society for the Prevention of Unwholesome Diet.
The initials of the main words in this title gave rise to spud." Like most other pre-20th century acronymic origins, this is false, and there is no evidence that a Society for the Prevention of Unwholesome Diet ever existed.
It was Mario Pei's 1949 The Story of Language that can be blamed for the word's false origin.
Pei writes, "the potato, for its part, was in disrepute some centuries ago.