19 Different Types of Potatoes

A bunch of potatoes in various kinds.

Take a closer look on potatoes and learn more about its many different types. Get to know their distinctions, the nutrients they contain, and where you can find them.

Potatoes are vegetables that contain a lot of carbohydrates. It got its name from the Spanish word patata and they’re also sometimes called spuds. There are hundreds of varieties of potatoes grown all over the world and new ones being added to the list all the time but they’re not all commercially available.

The Inca Indians in Peru first cultivated potatoes around 8,000 to 5,000 B.C. before it made its way to Europe through the Spanish conquistadors around 1570.

In 2004, potatoes became the first vegetables grown in space when NASA created the chamber-grown spud known as Quantum Tubers™.

Potatoes Nutrition Facts Chart

Potatoes Nutrition Facts Chart

Now let’s jump into your potato options.

Potato growth stages chart

Potato growth stages chart


All Blue Potatoes

All blue potatoes against wooden table.

True to their name, All Blue potatoes are blue inside and out, and they are a good all-purpose potato that is perfect when steamed, boiled, or baked. Because of its dry texture, it holds its shape well, regardless of how you cook it, and if you bake or steam it the color will remain the same as well.

Austrian Crescent Potatoes

Austrian Crescent potatoes are an heirloom variety and waxy in nature. Their skin is smooth and yellowish-tan in color, and its flesh is a light yellow color. These potatoes are delicious when steamed, boiled, and roasted, but they are particularly tasty when you use them in potato salads. The potatoes store very well and are commonly found in specialty markets.

French Fingerling Potatoes

French fingerling potatoes

With a pink skin and yellowish-colored flesh, the French fingerling potatoes have very smooth skin and sometimes a pinkish ring located right under the skin. Perfect for roasting, the French fingerling potato grows small and narrow, and they prefer dry, cool weather if you plan on growing them. Their skin color can also be orange or purple, and they are known mostly for their roasting capabilities.

Hannah Sweet Potatoes

Hannah sweet potatoes with a knife on a wooden chopping block.

Hannah sweet potatoes are a lot like the Jewel potatoes. They are starchy in nature and have light-colored skin and flesh. Available all year long, Hannah sweet potatoes have semi-smooth skin and a rather oblong shape. To prevent them from going bad, you should always keep the skin on this potato until you are ready to cook them, and they can last for several weeks when kept in a cool, dry place.

Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Japanese sweet potatoes on a wicker plate.

A starchy vegetable, the Japanese sweet potato is pink to purple in color but has a whitish-yellow flesh inside. Good for baking, grilling, or steaming, this sweet potato has a sweet and nutty flavor. Similar to American sweet potatoes, the Japanese variety tastes even sweeter, and it is even used in places such as Asia as a substitute for flour and a thickening agent when cooking.

Jewel Yam

Jewel Yam on a rustic table.

The Jewel yam is a sweet potato, not a true yam, and it is a starchy vegetable. In fact, the Jewel yam is the most common type of sweet potato on the market today, and it is especially tasty when roasted or baked. Ironically, although the potato does have a high amount of sugar in it, it has a low glycemic index, which means you can eat one even if you are diabetic.

Kennebec Potatoes

Kennebec potatoes are good all-purpose potatoes and quite large in size. They have tan skin and white flesh, and they hold together particularly well when boiled in water. It grows fast and is considered a high-quality potato, and it does greatly baked, fried, mashed, and even when made into potato pancakes. They are a nice uniform shape and size produced without the holes that are sometimes found in other types of potatoes.

LaRette Potatoes

These small potatoes, shaped like fingerlings with a very silky texture, are waxy in nature and have a nice nutty flavor. They were discovered in the Swiss Alps, and they are tastiest when they are boiled whole or roasted.

Norland Red Potatoes

Norland red potatoes

A good all-purpose potato, this one has red skin and creamy-white flesh that is moist and holds up well whenever you cook it. They are tasty when placed in potato salads and in soups, but you can also mash, bake, or roast them. Because they are good at so many different recipes, they are a good potato to keep around your home.

Purple Majesty Potatoes

Purple Majesty potatoes

Purple Majesty potatoes are oblong and have a dark-purple skin and flesh that is firm, moist, and purple. Even when you cook them, these potatoes keep their color, so they are an eye-catching, as well as a tasty type of potato. High in antioxidants, the Purple Majesty potato is great in soups, mixed into potato salads, and when baked or roasted.

Red Gold Potatoes

The Red Gold potatoes are good all-purpose potatoes that have red and tan skins with a golden-colored flesh. Smooth in texture, these potatoes are moist and have a nutty, sweet flavor. They are perfect for roasting, boiling, mashing, and baking, and their unique flavor is unlike any other potato you will ever eat. In fact, they are good regardless of how you prepare them, so it is good to have them around at all times.

Red Thumb Potatoes

Red Thumb potatoes are waxy and have bright-red skin and pink flesh. They are fingerling potatoes that chefs love, and they are best when roasted or boiled. If you’re looking for something that goes great with steak and salad, the Red Thumb potatoes are a great choice, and they are a very attractive potato as well.

Rose Finn Apple Potatoes

Instead of a starchy potato, this one is waxy, and it has pink skin that is knobby and flesh that is a butter-yellow color. You can use these potatoes in salads, as well as for boiling, sautéing, frying, and grilling. It has an exquisite, earthy flavor that you are certain to enjoy, and it is an heirloom fingerling type of potato that matures in mid- to late-season.

Russet Potatoes

Russet potatoes

Russet potatoes are what most people think of when they think of potatoes. They are a starchy potato that can be fried, baked, or mashed. They are a brown tuber variety, and they come from a word that means “rough.” The russet potatoes have a consistent flavor and a long shelf life, and they are usually Burbank potatoes. Russet potatoes are especially popular in the United States and Canada.

Russian Banana Potatoes

Russian Banana potatoes

Russian Banana potatoes are a waxy type of potato that is great grilled, fried, or sautéed. They are also very tasty roasted whole or steamed when you wish to make potato salad. Russian Banana potatoes have skin that is pale yellow and flesh that is a deep-yellow color. It also has a very firm texture and is a very popular type of potato among chefs and markets that specialize in gourmet foods.

Yukon Gold Potatoes

Yukon Gold potatoes

Yukon Gold potatoes are a great all-purpose potato with rough brown skin and a gold-colored inside. They are tasty, regardless of how you prepare them, including fried, boiled, and mashed, and they are even great in potato salads.

Different Varieties of Potatoes

French Fries

A plate of French fries.

This is one of the most popular varieties of potatoes, and they can be found at nearly every fast-food restaurant, as well as other types of eateries. They also come in a frozen variety, and they can be crinkle-cut fries, steak fries, shoestring fries, waffle fries, curly-que fries, potato wedges, tater tots, and regular-shaped French fries.

Frozen Potatoes

Bags of frozen potatoes in a freezer.

Frozen potatoes do not just come in French fries, because you can find regular baked potatoes and stuffed potatoes in a frozen variety. In fact, when it comes to frozen potatoes, you can find just about any variety you might be interested in, saving you a lot of time in the kitchen. They also make frozen potatoes in the form of hash browns and other types of breakfast potatoes, so they are not just for lunch and dinner dishes.

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Instant Mashed Potatoes

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Instant mashed potatoes usually come in a box and are cooked with water and sometimes milk and butter. They can be microwaved or cooked on the stove, and the water rehydrates them so that they taste just like real potatoes. Instant mashed potatoes are tasty and convenient, and they are a great way of enjoying this delicious vegetable without spending too much time in the kitchen preparing it.

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