Potato Variety

UK Top Varieties
US Top Varieties
World Varieties
Potato Varieties for Boiling Roasting Mashing Chipping etc


There are literally thousands of different varieties of potatoes grown around the world.

The potato is becoming an increasingly important staple food all over the world. Potato growers are constantly working to bring new specialty potato varieties to market. And that's good news for you and your menu. From brown and gold to red, white and blue, today's potatoes come in more colors, shapes, sizes and flavor profiles than ever. Easy to store and handle, they're one of the most versatile, popular, and high-margin staples you can menu.

Potatoes are seasonal and are usually harvested, depending on the variety and where in the country they are grown.

Varieties such as King Edward or Maris Piper are known as ‘maincrop’.

Varieties such as Charlotte are described as ‘salad’ potatoes. Their skins are firm and ‘set’ and they have a moist texture.

The texture of potatoes varies considerably. A potato may be described as having a waxy or floury texture and there is a scale of one-to-ten on which varieties are placed. Where potatoes sit on the scale will depend on the amount of dryness in the potato. For example a floury potato will have a much higher dry matter than a waxy potato.


United Kingdom Top Varieties
UK Varieties such as Rocket or Maris Bard are described as ‘earlies’ or ‘new potatoes’ as they are planted in the winter, ready for harvesting in the spring or early summer. Their skins are not firm and ‘set’ and are sometimes referred to as ‘fluffy’. more
United States Top Varieties
The leading variety, Russet Burbank, still provides about 40% of the U.S. production. Varieties differ in a number of characteristics including: yield; skin and flesh color; tuber shape and eye depth; time of maturity; disease and pest resistance; carbohydrate composition; usage potential; dormancy and storability; and any number of additional particulars. more
World Varieties
There are around five thousand potato varieties world wide. Three thousand of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia. Apart from the five thousand cultivated varieties, there are about 200 wild species and subspecies, many of which can be cross-bred with cultivated varieties. more
Potato Varieties for Boiling Roasting Mashing Chipping etc
Because of the water content and flesh structure, different potatoes cook differently. Some fry well, making great chips (or crisps – Golden Wonder is a potato variety) some boil well and some mash well. Waxy potatoes are better for salads than floury potatoes. more