Potatoes are America’s favorite vegetable. They feature in every meal of the day, from hash browns at breakfast and potato chips for snacks, to Rissole Potatoes with an elegant dinner.
Russet potatoes are the most widely used potatoes in America. The russet is a large, all-purpose potato with high starch and low moisture content. Its thick brown skin carries a net-like pattern (called “russeting,” hence its name) and its flesh is white. Baked russets have a light and fluffy texture, and they’re generally the potato of choice for French fries and gratins, too — but they tend to fall apart when cut and boiled for salads, soups or stews.
Red potatoes are medium-sized and distinguishable mainly by the color of their skins. Considered boiling potatoes, they’re great for pan-roasting, braising, grilling and mashing, too. Thin-skinned, with white, waxy flesh characterized by medium-to-low starch content, they have a moist, creamy texture when cooked.
Yellow potatoes have skins and flesh that range from yellow to gold. These are considered boiling potatoes because of their high moisture content. Their dense, creamy texture and buttery flavor makes them a popular choice for mashing.
Potatoes may be the ultimate comfort food, possibly the most versatile vegetable of all. Entire cookbooks have been written about them, and the industry has rushed to develop a wide spectrum of commercial products to facilitate ease of preparation and cooking. The possibilities for enjoying potatoes are endless.
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Earthbound Farm Organic Russet Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin B6, potassium and vitamin C, and a good source of manganese, fiber, magnesium, phosphorus and folate. Russet potatoes have one of the highest antioxidant levels per serving among commonly eaten vegetables. Be sure to eat the skin, as there can be as much as 10 to 12 times more antioxidant compounds in the skin as in the flesh. These compounds, as part of a healthy diet, may play a role in reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases.
Russet potatoes are a great choice for women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant; they provide 10% of the Daily Value for folate, an essential nutrient needed in higher amounts during pregnancy.
To maximize your nutrient intake, try eating russet potatoes with produce that contains iron, such as spinach; the vitamin C found in potatoes helps the body absorb plant-based iron.
The Environmental Working Group ranks conventionally grown potatoes high on their list of vegetables most commonly found with pesticide residues, so choosing organically grown russet potatoes is a smart and effective way to reduce exposure.
Red-skinned potatoes hold their shape well, making them ideal in salads and soups.
Russets bake exceptionally well, and their high starch content yields fluffy mashed potatoes and French fries.
The buttery flavor of organic yellow potatoes adds a wonderful depth of flavor to most potato recipes.