The First Potatoes
Today's Delicious Varieties
Today, based on consumer demand, we have a much wider variety to enjoy than our ancestors could ever have dreamed of! More than 100 varieties are sold in the US today, but for the purposes of cooking, we can separate them in 7 categories: Russet, Red, White, Yellow, Purple/Blue, Fingerling and Petite.
The Washington Grown TV episode to the left is completely dedicated to the newer varieties: how they are grown, how to best enjoy them, and what the differences are between the traditional Russet potato and some of the new up and coming varieties.
Washington Grown is a great way to get to know more about our crops and the people who grow, process and prepare them!
Making Great Potatoes Even Better
Another way to improve the already amazing potato relates to reducing food waste. Between the field and your kitchen, bruising causes a lot of potatoes to be discarded. One example of a potato engineered to bruise less is the Innate Potato, which combines the best traits of wild and cultivated Russet potatoes to prevent bruising. Its developers estimate that this potato could result in 1.4 billion pounds less potato waste annually! Learn more about how the Innate Potato was developed and how farmers feel about growing it.