Potato Types

Potato Types

From russets, reds, yellows, whites, purples, fingerlings and petites, there are a variety of potato options 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 workouts throughout the week. They can be whipped together with a few healthy ingredients in 30 minutes or less for a delicious meal. Potato Types PDF

How Many Types of Potatoes are There?

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

Potato Types and Tips Video Collection

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

Potato Types: Cooking with Different Types of Potatoes

Download our Potato Reference Guide to Potato Types for comprehensive fresh potato product information and technical specifications.

Popular Potato Types:  Yellow, Fingerling & Purple Potatoes

4 Potato Dishes Using Different Types of Spuds

Potato Recipe How-To Videos

There are a number of different ways to prepare potatoes, among them BakedMashed, Roasted, Potato Salad, Au Gratin, and Scalloped.  Find instructions below on a few of the most popular ways to cook a potato.

The Perfect Baked Potato

Ultimate Light & Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Craveable & Crunchy Roasted Potatoes

Perfect Potato Salad

Au Gratin Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Types of Potatoes Beyond the Produce Aisle

Frozen Potato Types

Frozen Potato Types


Take a trip down the frozen aisle of any grocery story and you’ll find many different frozen potato options, from wedges, shreds, hash browns and tots to slices, dices, crinkle cut and waffle fries. These products are instantly quick frozen to lock in the taste and nutrients of fresh potatoes, and maintain a longer shelf life. Baking frozen potatoes is a great time-saving option for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.

Dehydrated Potatoes

Dehydrated Potatoes


Contrary to popular belief, dehydrated/instant potatoes found in boxes in the center aisle of the grocery store are REAL potatoes. Whole potatoes are actually put through an advanced process to create premium dehydrated/instant potato products. Thanks to the careful processing techniques used, dehydrated/instant potato products retain most of their nutrition. Dehydrated/instant potatoes provide significant amounts of potassium and some B vitamins, as well as smaller amounts of other vitamins and minerals including iron.

French Fries

French Fries


Fries are made from fresh white potatoes. Like potatoes cooked by other methods, fries provide important shortfall nutrients and are now prepared with healthier oils. Innovations in food science and technology are driving continuous improvement to ensure this nutritious and popular vegetable continues to align with dietary guidance. When eaten in moderation, fries can be part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.

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