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Red Potatoes

Feb 19, 2019

Red potatoes got their start in a small Vermont town in the mid-1800s, but they've become one of the most important economic crops throughout the world.

Appearance & Flavor
These small potatoes are round to oval-shaped with smooth, thin skin. They are a reddish pink color, of course, with a few eyes around the surface. The creamy colored flesh is firm, and the flavor is described as earthy and slightly sweet. They have a high moisture content which leads to their crisp yet waxy texture. Chose the firm and smooth ones and avoid the wrinkled, decayed, greening or sprouting ones.

Ways to Enjoy
It's that time of year. Everyone is looking for some healthy recipes to try at home-like this one. These are all-purpose potatoes; boil, mash, bake, or roast them. Or use slices in salads, soups, stews, and curries.

Availability & Origin
Lucky us; we can have red potatoes all year long. Domestically, they are grown in more than 30 states-Idaho being the largest, followed by Washington. Abroad, they grow in Asia, South America, and Europe, which tops off as the highest production area in the world.

Whole potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry place with airflow for up to 2 weeks. If already cut, it's best to store them in water in an air-tight container in the fridge and you will get another day or so out of them.

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