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Types of Potatoes

Learn about the different types of potatoes and how to prepare them.

How many types of potatoes are there?

Cooking Tips for Each Potato Type

There are more than 200 varieties of potatoes sold throughout the United States. Each of these varieties fit into one of seven potato type categories: russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling, and petite. Potatoes can be used to fuel the body and the brain throughout the day. Easy to prepare and pair with a variety of cuisines, potatoes lend themselves to convenient meal prep to fuel you throughout the week. They can be whipped together with a few healthy ingredients and ready to serve under 30 minutes for a delicious meal.

Learn more about the characteristics and cooking recommendations for each type of potato.

To see videos about what makes each type of potato unique, please visit Potato Types Videos collection.

Download Potato Types PDF

Potato Recipe How-To Videos

There are a number of different ways to prepare potatoes, among them Baked, Mashed, Roasted, Potato Salad, Au Gratin, and Scalloped. Watch these video instructions for the most popular ways to cook potatoes.


Growing and Harvesting Potatoes

Learn about the process of growing and harvesting U.S. potatoes.

Potato History

Just how old is the potato actually?

The Incas in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 B.C. to 5,000 B.C. In 1536 Spanish Conquistadors conquered Peru, discovered the flavors of potato, and brought them back to Europe.

More Potato History

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