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Prince Edward Island Potatoes are recognized for their unique taste and excellent quality. Use our Frequently Asked Questions so that you can enjoy PEI Potatoes at their best.

Where can I buy Cavendish Farms frozen potato products?

What causes French fries to turn green?

Why do potatoes darken when cooked?

What causes black spots on French fries? 

Why are potatoes sometimes thought to be high in calories or 'fattening'?

Why do French fries sometimes go dark?

What type of oil do you use?

Do Cavendish Farms products contain any allergens?

Can I cook my French fries in the microwave?

Is Cavendish Farms packaging recyclable?



Where can I buy Cavendish Farms frozen potato products?
In Canada, most major grocery stores in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces carry Cavendish Farms products. You may also find us in select convenience stores, drug stores, or mass merchandisers (i.e. the "big box" stores).

If you cannot find Cavendish Farms frozen potato products at your favourite store, please speak with your store manager.

What causes French fries to turn green?
Greening is a natural process for potatoes that have been over exposed to light on the farm, in the supermarket or in the home storage. The bitter taste in green potatoes is due to elevated levels of glycoalkaloids (a naturally occurring compound) found in the green skin or in the tissue just under the green skin.

Why do potatoes darken when cooked?
There are two possibilities:
1) This darkening may be caused by a natural reaction with the iron in the potato.

2) When potatoes are stored at refrigerator temperatures the starch in them changes to sugar. When cooked, this sugar "caramelizes' or darkens. Store potatoes at cool, not cold temperatures.

What causes black spots on French fries?
Black spots are usually bruises which are caused by rough handling. One type of bruising happens when the skin is broken. The potato forms a thicker layer of skin to protect and/or heal the wound.

The second type of bruising shows up just under the skin or deeper inside the potato as a blackspot. This happens when potatoes are dropped more than six inches or something heavy is placed on top of them.

Why are potatoes sometimes thought to be high in calories or 'fattening'?
Some people think of potatoes as 'fattening' and consider them taboo on a weight-reducing diet. Nothing could be further from the truth. One medium, baked potato only contains about 100 calories. Baked or boiled potatoes are already conveniently portioned, making it easy to control the calories. It is the extras, such as butter or sour cream added during or after the preparation, that increase the number of calories.

As a substitute for popular high-calorie potato toppings, consider these alternatives: yogurt with chives; whipped low-fat cottage cheese blended with lemon juice; grated parmesan cheese; calorie reduced salad dressings; or a mixture of herbs.

Why do French fries sometimes go dark?
If potatoes are stored at refrigerator temperatures part of the starch in the potato changes to sugar. The high temperature needed for deep fat frying causes the sugars on the surface of the fries to darken before completely cooking on the inside.

Blanching potatoes in hot water 90ºC (170ºF) for several minutes removes most of the sugars and cleanses the surface of the fries to allow them to brown more evenly.

What type of oil do you use?
Cavendish Farms uses only 100% vegetable oil in the preparation of all of our frozen fried potato products. This vegetable oil may contain one of more of the following oils: soybean oil and/or canola oil.

Do Cavendish Farms products contain any allergens?
Cavendish Farms products do not contain peanuts or tree nuts and do not have milk or egg ingredients. However, some products contain wheat flour.

Can I cook my French fries in the microwave?
For best results, please follow the recommended cooking instructions on your package of Cavendish Farms product.

Is Cavendish Farms packaging recyclable?
Yes, look for the recyclable symbol on the back of each bag.