In terms of human consumption, potatoes are the third most important food crop in the world. They’re inexpensive, full of nutrients, can be stored for a long time, and are deliciously versatile.

You’ll find numerous varieties of potatoes at the store. They’re all worth your time, but they’re not all created equal. To learn how to pick the right potato for the job (and how to store it optimally), dig in below.

THE THREE MAIN TYPES OF POTATOES

For cooking purposes, we can group potatoes into three categories.

  • Baking potatoes are high in starch and lower in moisture. They’re best for, yes, baking, but also other dry heat methods like roasting or frying.
  • Boiling potatoes are low in starch and high in moisture. They’re great for…surprise, boiling! And steaming.
  • All-purpose potatoes are somewhere in between, starch-wise. They won’t make the best French…

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