When you think “potato,” the image that most likely comes to mind is the familiar russet variety. Makes sense…it’s the most popular potato variety in the United States! The russet potato is easily identifiable by their brown skin and oblong shape with a white to light yellow interior flesh and packed with nutrition. So, it’s easy to see why they are so popular and versatile in the kitchen. While russet potatoes can be prepared in a variety of ways, they’re ideal for baking, frying, and mashing – three of the most popular ways to enjoy potatoes!

Russet potatoes have a mild earthy flavor, low in moisture and high in starch, which leaves them light and fluffy when boiled or mashed, and a rich golden brown when fried.

FACT: not all russet potatoes are grown in Idaho. States that produce a large portion of russet potatoes are Idaho, Washington, Wisconsin, Maine, Colorado, Oregon, and Nebraska. There is production in many other states, but these are the dominant areas.

There are some controversial rumors going around about white potatoes that you might have heard like, “They’re not healthy!” or “They’ll make you gain weight!”…sound familiar? Well, we’re here to tell the truth about potatoes and protect the beautiful russet’s reputation! See for yourself why russet potatoes are a healthy decision:

  • Russets are cholesterol free, sodium free, fat free.
  • Russets provide 45% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C, 18% daily Potassium, 15% daily fiber.
  • Russets are loaded with many trace minerals such as copper, manganese, phosphorus, pantothenic and folic acids.
  • Russets provide 3g of protein, and vitamins B3 and B6.
  • Russets are one of the richest sources of potassium, too, so important for our heart health.
TIP: Look for russets with an even colored skin with a brown net-like texture, semi-smooth surface, and firm feel.

Additionally, here’s how white potatoes stack up against sweet potatoes:

We love to stock our pantries with Green Giant™ Fresh russet potatoes. Why? Because Green Giant™ Fresh is a brand that we truly trust. Their growers adhere to stringent growing, harvesting, and safety standards that ensure a consistent supply of premium fresh vegetables nationwide and year ’round. Their passion stems from wanting to provide nutritious and versatile options for you and your family to spark healthy lifestyles. Take a look at some behind-the-scenes footage of their farms, packing facilities, and more here.

We’re so excited to share with you a new recipe we’ve created using Green Giant™ Fresh Russet Potatoes. You may have heard of the trending “TIK TOK PASTA” or “BAKED FETA PASTA;” and while we tend to follow our hearts rather than what’s trending, we admit we found ourselves inspired by this popular recipe. In fact, we couldn’t get it out of our heads (or out of our news feed)! So, you’ll love our own version – the Baked Feta Potato recipe! It’s easy to prepare, has minimal ingredients, absolutely delicious, and a healthy meal option. Even the kids will be asking for seconds!

When adding vegetables to your grocery cart, don’t skip over Green Giant™ Fresh russet potatoes. With over 25 years growing, packing, and shipping farm-fresh potatoes, we know that Green Giant™ Fresh are truly THE potato experts!

Originally posted at Farm Star Living.