Whats in Season: Colorful potatoes
By Ben Muessig
Special to amNewYork
If you think that potatoes are bland, it's time to wake up and smell the hash browns. Local farmers grow dozens of varieties of tasty tubers, and each one offers its own distinctive flavor and color.
Many home cooks stick with traditional Idaho potatoes, but a wide array of colorful tubers are available if you know where to look.
The Adirondack Red is an obscure variety of potato that boasts crimson colored flesh and a creamy, buttery flavor that's perfect for a colorful mash.
If fries, chips, or hash browns are your favorites, the blue-fleshed Adirondack Blue potato can make for a lurid and tasty treat.
"Adirondack Blues are the best for frying they get brown around the edges, but the rest of them stays blue," said Rhonda O'Brien, of Healthway Farms in Highland, N.Y., which grows a handful of hard-to-find potato varieties.
Potatoes have a bad reputation of being loaded with empty calories, but these root veggies both colorful heirloom varieties and grocery store standards are packed with nutrients.
Potatoes are full of minerals and stuffed with vitamin C and potassium. They're also fat-free and cholesterol-free, and low in sodium.
Fresh Adirondack Red and Adirondack Blue potatoes cost about $2 per pound at farmers markets around the city.