Potato Varieties and How They Cook
Potatoes are affected by weather, growing conditions and the time of year so we recommend buying potatoes that have been cook tested and labelled to help you make the right choice.
This is a general guide to show how specific potato varieties typically cook. The three different potato varieties are shown below. They have been cooked in exactly the same way. Notice how their texture is very different when cooked. To get the best results choose a potato that is best suited to your desired cooking method.
Some varieties change naturally throughout the season. At the beginning of the season some potatoes are smooth, waxy and low in starch making them excellent for boiling and salads. Over time natural sugars convert to starch making them more floury, fluffy and ideal for mashing, wedges, roasting, chips and baking.
Here’s a handy guide to help you make the right choice in choosing a potato best suited to what you are cooking.