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A potato destined for the fryer has become a holy relic to some Berliners after a woman cut it open only to find an image of a cross inside. Birgül Balta, 49, was cutting potatoes for French fries at her home in Berlin's Charlottenburg district when the cross-shaped cavity inside one of the spuds stopped her cold.
But Catholicism, at least, is open to the idea of holy symbols being present in everyday life, Markus Thurau, a Catholic theologian at the Free University of Berlin, told Berliner Morgenpost. "There are continuous phenomena like this," Thurau said. "In principle the Catholic church is open to miracles like this, but of course it could always just be a coincidence."
News about the unusual potato preserved in a bowl of water in Balta's kitchen spread quickly around her neighbourhood. She quickly found a constant stream of pilgrims on her doorstep.
"She feels it's strange that among two million Christians, a Muslim lady found it. She thinks, 'Well, I guess it's a little bit miraculous and a little bit nice.'"
The couple's son has set up a blog dedicated to the potato, which White said the family may sell on eBay.