According to the International Potato Center, there are more than 4000 varieties of potatoes, and most of them are found in the Andes region of South America. In the United States, there are more than 2000 types of potatoes available for your consumption. These versatile vegetables are a staple of the world’s diet and can be baked, boiled, fried, mashed, or roasted to make tasty and nutritious meals. Here is all you need to know to make sure you are making the most of these tantalizing tubers.
Russet potatoes are long, wide, brown-skinned spuds that are loaded with starch. These potatoes are excellent for baking, as their skin crisps up nicely while leaving a soft, fluffy potato center. They also whip up nicely into dreamy mashed potatoes. Peel, boil, and mash these potatoes with milk, cream cheese, and onion salt for an amazing mashed potato dish that can be kept in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Red potatoes have a waxy texture and stay nice and firm. They are less starchy than russet potatoes, but they contain more sugar. Red potatoes make an excellent choice for potato salads, and are a tasty component of soups or stews. Boil unpeeled, cut potatoes until fork tender, then mix with green onions, celery, and a dressing made of mayonnaise, vinegar, and mustard for a delicious summer salad.