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Are Russets Considered White (Irish) Potatoes?

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Hello! Are Russets considered white (Irish) potatoes?

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Russet potatoes can have an exterior light tan to dark brown skin hue, aptly named ‘russet’ for the associated coloration. Meanwhile the interior flesh of most russet potatoes are a slight yellow tinge to solid white. In the industry and with USDA, russets are often referred to as ‘white’ potatoes. Russets are the primary variety group grown in Idaho, representing approximately 50% of the 315,000 acres grown annually.

Ireland grows numerous potato varieties. The country is partial to their yellow and red skin varieties.

Just as Idaho is a state, not a variety – So too is Ireland a country, not a variety. If a potato is raised in Idaho, it’s an Idaho potato, no matter the variety.