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Available in a wide range of options– fresh, frozen and dehydrated forms, spuds are a go to ingredient when it’s time to innovate.
From side dishes to center-of-the-plate, they hold their own no matter how they are featured.
Potatoes remain one of America’s most popular and beloved vegetables.
The case for most valuable player is backed up by solid nutrition and ample versatility. Potatoes play an important role in a balanced, healthy diet.
There are hundreds of potato varieties planted around the world today, over 600 varieties sold within the United states from seven main types – Russets, reds, yellows, whites, blues/purples, fingerlings and petites. Most major grocers offer all types and with conventional and organic choices.
Mixed “marble” potatoes are so called for good reason — they are small. These gems are a delightful mix of petite, marble-sized red, gold and purple “creamer” potatoes.
Gaining MVP status, these delicious, little tubers (averaging only about an inch in diameter) have firm texture and exceptional flavor. Try them in all ways– roasted, boiled or steamed.
Russets are ideal for light and fluffy mashed potatoes. They also fry up crisp and golden brown, and are the preferred choice for baking.
The delicate flavor and fluffy texture of baked russets go well with all kinds of toppings, from traditional sour cream and chives to spicy and bold flavors of Mediterranean or Latin cuisines.
Russets, like other varieties work well when cut into planks or wedges to make hearty oven-roasted “fries.”
While Kennebec russet potatoes are most widely utilized for frying (they make wonderful chips & french fries), they are an outstanding all-purpose potato.
They can be baked, mashed, scalloped and made into hash browns. Their firm texture when cooked makes them ideal for use in potato salads, stews and soups. Their pleasant, but mild flavor makes them a perfect companion to other hearty ingredients.
Potatoes provide the fuel for energy throughout the day — for body and the brain. Active lifestyles include a diet rich in potato goodness. Hot food trends include menu selections with potatoes at center plate or the VIP of sides.