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The unbearable sameness of potatoes

rworange | Dec 7, 200605:52 AM     57

No matter how many potatoes I buy, they all seem to taste the same. All potatoes in their category ... baking, boiling, roasting ... just seem the same. The subtlties are lost on me.

A local market had a variety of potatoes from a top notch farm that has been growing 22 varieties of potatoes since 1922. So I bought one of each the six types available that day ... Durango, Kennebunk, Huckleberry, Viking Blue, Chieftan, German Butterball ... boiled them and did a side by side taste test.

Other than color and texture there really wasn't all that much difference in flavor.

The one exception was the Kennebunk which along with texture that would be great for a French fry, was very sweet and had more intense flavor.

I don't know. Potatoes don't seem to be about flavor. This site has hundreds of links about pototoes and flavor is rarely mentioned about each variety.
http://oregonstate.edu/potatoes/potli...

One of the few sites that had some note of flavors and an incredible list of pototo varieties
http://potatoes.wsu.edu/varieties/var...

In all the years I've tried potatoes only the Yukon Gold has been a bit different with a buttery flavor.

Here's a couple of old Chowhound posts one of which says in Europe the potatoes are tastier.

What's wrong with potatoes in America?
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/294032

Why'd they forget how to grow, POTATOS?
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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