Learn more about potato flavor profiles, usage ideas, and more with the Potato Buying Guide.
Potatoes and Yams
These tubers, first cultivated in ancient Peru, flourish in Idaho, Washington state, Oregon and in Maine.
How to store
Spuds like a cool, dry place. but there's no reason to refrigerate. Instead, place potatoes and yams in a well-ventilated place like the pantry. Don't wash until ready to use.
How to prep
- If cooking with skins on, scrub with a brush under cool, running water
- Remove skins with a vegetable peeler if making mashed potatoes, or using in a recipe that calls for peeled potatoes
- Gently pierce the skin of a yam and wrap in a paper towel before microwaving for 9-10 minutes
Add one peeled yam to a pot of peeled Russet potatoes for delicious, colorful mashers.