Potato Varieties and How to Cook Them

There are literally thousands of different varieties of potatoes grown around the world. In the UK over 450 are grown and used as part of a healthy meal. Below are some of the most popular potato varieties available in this country. Potatoes are a seasonal crop and so availability will vary.

Variety Description Best For Category Season
AnnabelleAnnabelle variety Annabelle is an oval shaped yellow salad potato with a waxy yellow flesh. It is ideal in salads and for best results steam instead of boil. salads
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AnyaAnya variety The Anya is a fingerling potato. It has a firm waxy texture and knobbly appearance with a slight nutty flavour. It can be enjoyed boiled or steamed, either hot or cold in salads but also tastes delicious roasted. It mixes well into vegetarian recipes and with green leafy veg. salads
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Apache Apache variety The Apache has a very striking appearance. It has red skin dotted with cream coloured patches. It is small and round in shape with a slightly waxy texture. It has a slight buttery and chestnut flavour. Scrubbed and roasted whole they make an excellent change from the conventional ‘peeled and cut’ roast potatoes. salads
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BambinoBambino variety This is a small firm potato with a fresh flavoured, waxy texture and is most suitable for boiling or steaming, eaten hot or cold, it works in many simple dinner recipes. salads
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CaraCara variety Cara is white-skinned, with creamy flesh, pink eyes and a soft, waxy texture. It makes great mash and is also good for quick and easy recipes and for the perfect bake potato. Mash
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CarlingfordCarlingford variety This is a small firm potato with a fresh flavoured, waxy texture and is most suitable for boiling or steaming. It can be eaten hot or cold and is great in salads as part of healthy dinner meals. salads
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CharlotteCharlotte variety Charlotte is a small, deep yellow fleshed potato with a firm waxy texture and is often used in salads. Great for bake potato, boiling, steaming or sauteeing, they’re also good eaten hot or cold. salads
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Chopin This uniformly round white potato has a wonderfully creamy texture. It makes them ideal as an all round potato for quick 30 minute meals and its buttery taste is perfect for a healthier jacket potato. Mash
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Corolle Corolle is a sweet and buttery flavoured potato with a smooth firm texture. The smaller sizes are most suitable for boiling but the bigger sizes are also suitable for baking baby jackets and diet meals. Boiling
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DesireeDesiree variety Desiree has a red or pink skin with a yellow and creamy flesh. It has a deep flavour making it suitable for many forms of cookery – boiling, baking jackets, roasting, chipping or sautéing. Boiling
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Duke of YorkDuke of York variety This variety has a yellow flesh and loose skin. They are harvested early before maturity for a fresh flavour and are ideal for boiling or steaming as part of everyday healthy meals. Steaming
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Dunbar RoverDunbar Rover variety This is a very rare variety with an oval shape, white skin and snowy white flesh. It has a lovely buttery flavour and fine texture. It is suitable for baking, boiling, roasting or chipping. Baking
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EstimaEstima variety Estima has a pale yellow skin, with a firm, moist texture and mild flavour. It is best for simple recipes like mashed potatoes, but especially good for bake potato. Mash
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Exquisa Exquisa has a unique teardrop or apostrophe shape. It has a smooth, soft texture and a rich, buttery taste. It is best in a recipe that calls for steamed or boiled potatoes. salads
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Galante This is an early potato with yellow flesh and smooth yellow skin. It is excellent for simple recipes like salads as it has a firm texture. salads
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HarmonyHarmony, Caithness variety Harmony is a very smooth round potato with a firm texture. It has a very pale white skin and flesh and is suitable for potato recipes that require wedges, boiled or baking jacket potatoes. Mash
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Inca DawnInca Dawn variety This is an unusual potato, which has a yellow “egg yolk” colour flesh. It is noted in culinary circles for high levels of umami, which is reported to play an important role in making food taste great. It is good in a steamed or boiled potato recipe. Steaming
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Innovator Innovator has a long oval shape with a rough, russet, tan coloured skin and shallow eyes. It has a pale yellow flesh and creamy texture making it an extremely versatile potato. It is famed for making French fries and is also great for baking, mashed or roasted potatoes. Boiling
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Kerr’s PinkKerrs Pink variety Rosy-skinned,with creamy white flesh, which has a mealy, floury texture when cooked, Kerr’s Pink is best for simple recipes like mashing and roasting. Boiling
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KestrelKestrel, Caithness variety This is a relatively new variety, grown since 1992. It is suitable for all cookery methods but particularly for salads, steaming or boiling. It has a purple blushed flesh and floury white skin. salads
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King EdwardKing Edward variety This is a traditional English potato, with some red blushes on the skin. It has a floury texture making it ideal for potato recipes that include baking and roasting. Boiling
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Lady BalfourLady Balfour variety This variety was named after Lady Eve Balfour – a pioneer of the UK organic movement. As hard working as her namesake, this variety is extremely versatile and can work in many different potato recipes. It has a uniform oval shape, creamy skin and pale tasty flesh. It performs well as a baking potato, mashed, roasted, chipped or made into wedges. Baking
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Marabel Marabel has a smooth yellow flesh, a particularly creamy texture and a sweet flavour. It is great for roasting and mashing with no need to add butter. It is particularly good with fish or chicken recipes. Mash
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MarfonaMarfona variety With a golden brown skin, buttery taste and fluffy texture this variety is ideal for baking and sometimes used for roasting. Mash
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Maris PeerMaris Peer variety This is a small firm potato with a fresh flavoured, waxy texture and is most suitable for boiling or steaming. It can be eaten hot or cold. salads
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Maris PiperMaris Piper variety This is one of the best varieties for chipping but can also be used in simple recipes like roasting, baking and mashing. It is a white fleshed potato with a dry floury texture and full flavour Baking
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MelodyMelody variety Melody is a smooth skinned potato, with a yellow flesh which is quite dry. This makes it suitable for all types of cookery, however it is mostly used for baking jacket potatoes or mashing. Mash
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MozartMozart variety This is a new red variety with distinguishing yellow eyes. It has yellow flesh and is suitable for all types of cooking but particularly mashing, baking or roasting potato recipes. Mash
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NicolaNicola variety Nicola has a creamy yellow skin and yellow flesh, with a firm, waxy texture. It is best in healthy dinner meals such as salads. salads
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OspreyOsprey, Caithness variety Osprey has smooth skin and shallow pink eyes. It is best hot and is a great all rounder but is often used as a baking potato in simple recipes. It has a soft, moist texture. Baking
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Pink Fir ApplePink Fir Apple variety This variety is a very long potato and is red or pink in colour. It is suitable for boiling and salads. salads
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Red Duke of YorkRed Duke of York variety The Red Duke of York has a thick red russetted skin and soft floury yellow flesh with a delicate flavour. It is most suitable for crisp wedges, roasted potatoes or baking jacket potatoes. Wedges
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Red King Edward This is a rare version of the King Edward and is oval in shape with red skin and a white flush. It has a floury texture suitable for potato recipes that call for baking, boiling, roasting, steaming or chipping. Baking
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RomanoRomano variety Romano is red-skinned, with creamy, mildly nutty flesh and a soft, dry texture. The skin fades to rusty-beige during cooking and it is best for simple recipes like baking, mashing or roasting. Baking
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RoosterRooster variety The Rooster potato has red skin and shallow eyes. It is a floury potato with a full flavour and is a good all rounder in the kitchen. It is particularly suitable for boiling, mashing, roasting, steaming, baking and also good in soups. Boiling
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RosevalRoseval variety Roseval is a small red oval variety with deep yellow flesh and a waxy texture. It is best steamed or boiled and can be eaten either hot or cold. salads
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SaxonSaxon variety This variety has white skin and white flesh with a firm and moist texture. It has a creamy flavour and is suitable for chipping, boiling, mashing or baking jacket potatoes. Chips
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SanteSante variety Sante is yellow-skinned with a dry, firm texture. It is best in a recipe that would call for boiling, roasting, chips and wedges. Boiling
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Shetland Black This is an unusual variety with dark purple skin, yellow flesh, and a dark purple ring inside. It has a fluffy, floury texture and is best for baking and boiling. Baking
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Vales SovereignVales Sovereign variety This is a relatively new variety on the culinary scene and has a great all round cooking quality with an oval shape, a good texture and cream coloured flesh. Particularly good in creamy mashed potato recipes, it’s also a good baking potato and is suitable for roasting, chipping or being made into wedges. Mash
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VivaldiVivaldi variety Vivaldi is a pale yellow potato with a velvety texture. This makes it good for mashing, steaming, baking and microwaving but is particularly good as a boiled potato holding its shape whether hot or cold. It has a mild sweet flavour and complements Mediterranean potato recipes and is also good in fish or chicken recipes. Mash
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WiljaWilja variety This variety has yellow skin and light yellow flesh. It is firm with a slightly dry texture and is suitable for most cookery methods: boiling, mashing, roasting or chips. Mash
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Yukon GoldYukon Gold variety Yukon Gold has an attractive smooth yellow skin with very yellow flesh. It makes a great baking potato but also a lovely roast or chip potato recipe. Baking
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Witchill This is an attractive small, round white potato with a good flavour. Great for healthy meals, it is suitable for boiling, roasting or steaming. salads
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