A favorite comfort food, potatoes may be the most versatile vegetable in the world. Familiar potatoes found in the supermarket include:
Idaho or russet potatoes, which have superior baking and frying qualities.
All-purpose potatoes, which include round potatoes with white skins. These potatoes are excellent for boiling, mashing and salad making.
New potatoes, which are young red or white potatoes small enough to cook whole, are blessed with tender skin that doesn't require peeling. They're a good choice for potato salads and pan-roasted potatoes.
Other varieties may be available in your area. These include buttery-tasting yellow Yukon Gold potatoes, snack-sized Texas Finger potatoes and purple potatoes.
Store potatoes in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place. Refrigerating potatoes causes them to become unnaturally sweet and turn dark. Warm temperatures encourage sprouting and shriveling.