Best Potatoes to Plant

Planning to grow spuds this year? Our expert recommends a few varieties of what he consider best potatoes.

| February/March 2010

  • AOE-best potatoes
    ‘La Ratte,’ a delicious French fingerling variety with a slightly nutty flavor, are a strong 'best potatoes' candidate.
    PHOTO: CLAUS ABLEITER

  • AOE-best potatoes

Can you recommend some yummy and unique varieties of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams I can plant in my garden this year?

Grace Irving
Tacoma, Washington

My favorite sweet potato is ‘Red Wine Velvet’ of the orange varieties, ‘Brazil White’ of the white-fleshed varieties, and ‘Camote Morado’ (a Nicaraguan variety) of the purple-fleshed sweet potatoes.

Of the 53 regular varieties I grow (all are favorites or I would not grow them), I think ‘La Ratte d’Ardeche’ ranks at or near the top of my list of 'best potatoes.' It is favored by chefs in Paris, as well. My favorite way to cook ‘La Ratte’ potatoes is to boil or steam them until al dente (about 12 minutes). Then I smoke the potatoes for 20 minutes over beechwood chips. The result is heavenly, and makes a great side dish for just about anything.



— William Woys Weaver, contributing editor

These rare varieties are unlikely to show up in garden centers, but you may be able to find them at farmers markets listed on the Local Harvest website. You can find mail-order sources using our Seed and Plant Finder. — MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Edenhope
11/8/2014 10:46:15 AM

One year when there was no Ratte seed I tried Harlequin which, I think, is a Ratte/Desiree cross - great flavour, good cropping but no knobbles. I grow them every year now. Our gardening club has a 'potato day' in Kelso, Scotland, where we sell over 120 varieties by the tuber.







Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: February, 16-17 2019
Belton, TX

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

LEARN MORE








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters