- Most potatoes varieties are available year-round.
Health Benefits of Potatoes:
- Skin-on potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C and a good source of potassium and Vitamin B6.
- Potatoes provide the carbohydrates, potassium and energy needed to perform at our best.
- Leave the skin on potatoes for added health benefits and better nutrition.
How to Select Potatoes:
- Choose potatoes that are firm, smooth and free of sprouts.
- Avoid potatoes with wrinkled skins, soft dark areas, cut surfaces or those green in appearance.
How to Store Potatoes:
- Store potatoes in a cool, dark place with good ventilation. A perforate plastic or paper bag offers the best environment.
- Don’t store potatoes in the refrigerator! When stored at colder temperatures, the starch in a potato converts to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration.
- Don’t wash potatoes before storing.
How to Prepare Potatoes:
- Gently scrub potatoes with a vegetable brush under running water.
- If peeling, use a vegetable peeler or paring knife to remove the skin.
Fun Facts About Potatoes:
- Potatoes were the first food to be grown in space. In 1996, potato plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia.
- About 20% of potato nutrition is found in the skin; the majority is in the flesh.
- There are more than 600 types of potatoes sold in the United States. Each of those varieties fit into one of the 7 potato type categories: russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling and petite. For more on the different types of potatoes, visit potatogoodness.com.