The Different Types of Potatoes
When we think of potatoes the first thing that usually comes to mind is French fries! Well, at least its that way for me! There are actually many different types of potatoes out and many different ways to cook them. The 3 main categories of potatoes are starchy, waxy and all-purpose. Starchy potatoes are great for baking, mashing and deep-frying. The starch granules in them swell as they boil making them great for fluffy mashed potatoes! Waxy potatoes are typically the smaller potatoes and they hold their shape much better making them perfect for boiling or potato salads. Finally, all-purpose potatoes fall somewhere in the middle. They are less starchy than the starchy potatoes making them hold their shape better, but also making them absorbent and fluffy.
Now, we’ll go through what the different types of potatoes are and what category they fall into.
- Russet Potatoes: this potato is the most common one that people have stuck in their head as the classic potato. It is the ideal potato for frying or mashing.
- Jewel Yam: even though its called a yam it is actually a sweet potato and it’s the most common found market sweet potato. It is great baked or roasted.
- Japanese Sweet Potato: these potatoes have a reddish skin with a white or cream coloured flesh. Its flavour is sweet and nutty and can be grilled, steamed or baked.
- French Fingerling: this is an heirloom fingerling that has smooth skin and yellow flesh. It is the perfect roasting potato.
- Red Thumb: as the name suggests, this is a fingerling potato that has bright red or pink flesh. It is a favourite among chefs for boiling or roasting.
- LaRette: this fingerling potato was discovered by a French farmer named Jean Pierre Clot in the Swiss Alps. They have a silky texture and a nutty flavour and are best roasted or boiled whole.
- Yukon Gold: these potatoes are gold on the inside and have a rough brown skin. They are great for just about anything, such as mashed, boiled for salad or fried.
- Purple Majesty: this oblong potato keeps its beautiful purple colour when cooked and is high in antioxidants. It can be roasted, baked, added to soups or mixed into potato salads.
- All Blue: this potato is just as the name states, an all blue potato inside and out. The best way to keep its colour is by steaming or baking it.
So, that was just a quick little introduction into the different types of potatoes out there! This Sunday, the POP Kids will be learning more about the different types of potatoes through a fun, little worksheet and they will also be participating in a cooking demo learning how to make hash browns!
Hope to see you there!
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