There are literally thousands of different varieties of potatoes grown around the world.
The potato is becoming an increasingly important staple food all over the world. Potato growers are constantly working to bring new specialty potato varieties to market. And that's good news for you and your menu. From brown and gold to red, white and blue, today's potatoes come in more colors, shapes, sizes and flavor profiles than ever. Easy to store and handle, they're one of the most versatile, popular, and high-margin staples you can menu.
Potatoes are seasonal and are usually harvested, depending on the variety and where in the country they are grown.
Varieties such as King Edward or Maris Piper are known as ‘maincrop’.
Varieties such as Charlotte are described as ‘salad’ potatoes. Their skins are firm and ‘set’ and they have a moist texture.
The texture of potatoes varies considerably. A potato may be described as having a waxy or floury texture and there is a scale of one-to-ten on which varieties are placed. Where potatoes sit on the scale will depend on the amount of dryness in the potato. For example a floury potato will have a much higher dry matter than a waxy potato.