Potatoes

Seasonality:

  • 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

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