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Types of Potatoes and What you can Do with Them


There are more than 200 potato varieties that are sold all around the world, and while some taste similar, many taste quite different.

And they have all their own unique color or shape or even taste and can be used for many different cuisines.

Potatoes are one of the world’s main staple foods and are also affordable to be eaten by all people. We take a look at the different potatoes and what they are used for.


We take a look at the more popular potatoes that are available in most countries around the world. There is a complete guide available that you can explore to find out what types of potatoes there are and what you can do with them.


This is the white large starchy potato that is very popular to be used for mashing, baking, and frying. They will become mealy and dry when cooked, and the flesh easily absorbs butter and cream, which makes it ideal for mash.

Red Bliss

This is the most common red-skinned potato and is ideal for boiling and can be used with other food types. It is also great to be used with roasts and can easily be oven-baked because of the waxy texture it has.


The Kennebec is one of the most popular potatoes in the US and has a light tan skin with darker spots and white flesh. It is an all-purpose potato that keeps its shape when cooked, and they are perfect for chips, fries, and hash browns.

La Ratte

This fingerling variety of potato is quite dense, will hold a lot of fat, and is very popular to be used for purees. This potato has a very thin golden skin and will hold its shape quite well when cooked and has a hazelnut and buttery flavor.


This potato, also known as the Cranberry Red has a red skin and a very soft pink flesh with high moisture content. It has a nutty, earthy flavor with a creamy texture and is excellent for steaming and in sauteed dishes.

Yukon Gold

This potato has a dry and fine texture and is great to be used for mashing and puree. These potatoes were developed in the 1960s in Canada and have quite a high vitamin C content, with white flesh.

Russian Banana

The Russian Banana is a very popular fingerling. It has yellow skin as well as yellow flesh and a very waxy texture. This type of potato is mostly used with roasts because it can easily be oven-baked or used for mashing.

All Blue

This is a long potato with dark blue skin and blue flesh that will hold their shape when cooked. It is used for potato salad to provide an interesting variation to make a very colorful salad, or it can be baked.

German Butterball

This is a medium-sized potato that has a smooth golden skin and a soft yellow flesh and has a rich buttery flavor. They are quite versatile and can be used for cooking, baking, frying, or mashing.

Red Thumb

The red thumb potato has quite a low starch content and is also very sweet. They are the potato fingerling with the least starch content. This potato is ideal for using in a potato salad or can also be roasted well.

The Purple Majesty

With a dark blue skin and purple flesh, this is one of the most flavorful potatoes, and the flesh is high in antioxidants. They will remain firm and moist when cooked and is, therefore, the perfect potato for chips. 


On this website, you will find up to 70 potato recipes that will keep you busy for quite some time. Potatoes are very popular and can be used with many different cuisines, and even on their own, they can be very filling.


As you can see, there are many different potatoes out there, and then there are sweet potatoes and yams. And not to mention the new potatoes that can be used with many different dishes as well.

Now that you have a few new ideas go ahead and spoil your loved ones with this tremendously versatile vegetable.