Of the more than 5,000 varieties of potatoes in the world, one of the most common varieties in the United States is the red potato. Because of the red potatoes' flavor and texture, it’s best to boil or roast them. They absorb flavors well, bring texture to a variety of hot and cold dishes, and cook faster than other varieties. They also are great for potato salad!

How to Select

Look for firm, well-shaped and fairly smooth potatoes. Avoid potatoes that have wrinkles.

How to Store

Do not wash for storage. Do not store with onions. Place in a paper bag, or in a plastic bag with some air holes. Store potatoes in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place, or refrigerate. Can last up to 5 months.

How to Prepare

Scrub gently under water. Skin has many nutrients. If peeling, first remove any sprouts. Carve out any green spots. Steam, microwave, boil, bake, sauté, roast, or mash. Add to casseroles, soups, stews, and curry dishes.

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