Fresh potatoes

How to select

All potato varieties should be clean, firm, smooth, dry and uniform in size.

How to prepare

  • Preparation depends on the type of potato and the recipe. 
  • Some potatoes should be rinsed and peeled while other potatoes are eaten with the skin on.

How to store

Store potatoes in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place for use within 3-5 weeks.

Peak season

Fall and winter

How to use

  • To enhance the flavor of potatoes, use basil, bay leaf, celery seed, chives, curry powder, dill weed, garlic, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, tarragon and/or thyme.
  • Only have a few minutes?  Cook a potato in the microwave.  Pierce a medium-size potato with a fork before placing on a paper towel in the microwave. Cook on high for 4-6 minutes, until tender.
  • Toppings like salsa, lean proteins such as beans, chicken or fish, and all types of fresh vegetables will add flavor, variety,  and even more vitamins and minerals to the already naturally nutrient-rich potato.

Fun facts

  • There are thousands of different potato varieties but not all are commercially available, popular ones include Russet, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, Desiree and Fingerling.
  • Storing potatoes near onions can cause the potatoes to rot quicker due to the interaction of the gasses that both vegetables produce.
  • Prolonged exposure to light will cause potatoes to turn green.

Nutrition info and facts

Potatoes contain vitamin C, which helps heal the body and supports the immune system. Potatoes are an excellent source of potassium. Eat the skin too - it has fiber, which makes you feel fuller longer and may lower blood cholesterol.

1 medium potato = 168 calories, 5 g protein, 39 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 28 mg calcium, 49 mg magnesium, 117 mg phosphorus, 888 mg potassium, 12 mg vitamin C

Learn more

Growing potatoes in home gardens (UMN Extension)