Frequently Asked Questions

Nutrition

Just how nutritious is a Wisconsin potato?

A medium-size (5.3 oz) Wisconsin potato has only 110 calories and is naturally fat- and sodium-free. It also supplies you with 45% of your Daily Value of vitamin C and is one of the best sources of potassium (614 mg) and fiber (2 g) in the produce section. Potatoes are also a good source of vitamin B6, which helps your body synthesize hemoglobin and metabolize proteins and carbohydrates.

Aren’t the carbs in potatoes bad for me?

No. Actually, your body’s primary fuel source is carbohydrates — they’re necessary for your brain and preferred by your muscles. After they’re digested, carbohydrates are converted to glucose, which is then stored in your liver and muscles until your body signals the need for energy. If you don’t get enough carbohydrates (14 g per 1000 calories) your body will start to break down muscles and other protein-containing tissues (like your heart or vital organs) to gain the energy it needs.

Are Wisconsin potatoes a good source of fiber?

They certainly are — especially if you leave the skin on (then you get 3g of fiber from a medium-size (5.3 oz) potato). Fiber is actually a type of carbohydrate but because fiber isn’t digested, it’s not a primary energy source. Instead, fiber helps you lower blood cholesterol, can help prevent heart disease, maintains bowel regularity and may help you lose weight.

How do I get the most nutrition from my Wisconsin potato?

First, leave the skins on. Second, rather than boiling your potatoes — which leaches out some of the nutrients — consider microwaving or steaming them.

Do Wisconsin potatoes have gluten?

No — in fact, Wisconsin potatoes are a great addition to a gluten-free diet.

Potato Selection

What should I look for when choosing a Wisconsin potato?

Choose a clean, firm potato. You don’t want one with bruises, cuts, sprouts or discoloration. A potato that is slightly green has been exposed to too much light. Green potatoes will have a bitter flavor, so avoid those as well or cut off the green portion before cooking.

Storing Potatoes

How should I store my Wisconsin potatoes?

The most important things to remember are: dark, cool and well ventilated. Potatoes that get too warm, too cold or are exposed to too much light will simply not taste as good. They can become either too sweet or too bitter, or can start to develop sprouts. Place your potatoes in a perforated plastic or paper bag or a bin with ventilation holes and set them in a dark pantry. Don’t store your potatoes in a cupboard near an appliance because the appliance will warm the area.

Should I wash my potatoes when I get home from the store?

No — dampness can lead to spoilage. The best time to wash your Wisconsin potatoes is right before you prepare to cook them.

Cooking / Preparing Wisconsin Potatoes

How do I know which Wisconsin potato to use for which dish?

It’s simple. Just download our Pick the Perfect Wisconsin Potato pdf and keep it handy.

Can I eat a green potato or one with sprouts?

Yes. A green potato may be bitter — but if you cut away the green portions you can avoid those bitter portions. As for the sprouts, simply cut them away and prepare the potato as normal.

Why do potatoes turn brown after being cut?

This happens because, as with an apple, the carbohydrates react to the oxygen in the air. You can still eat these potatoes. If you want to prevent discoloration simply store cut potatoes in cold water and a dash of lemon juice.

What’s the best way to save leftover Wisconsin potatoes?

Be sure to refrigerate leftovers within two hours of serving them and then eat them within a few days. Freezing cooked potatoes isn’t a good idea. Because potatoes are 80% water, when you freeze and reheat them they tend to become watery. That’s not ideal.

Wisconsin Potatoes

How many potatoes does Wisconsin grow a year?

We rank third in the nation and first east of the Mississippi with approximately 2.9 billion pounds grown annually.

Are Wisconsin potatoes genetically modified?

No.

What potato varieties are grown in Wisconsin?

In Wisconsin, we grow the following potato varieties:

  • Russet
    • Century Russet
    • Frontier Russet
    • Goldrush
    • Ranger Russet
    • Shepody
    • Russet Norkotah
  • Round White
    • Atlantic
    • Superior
  • Round Red
    • Cherry Red
    • Chieftin
    • LaRouge
    • Norland
    • Pontiac
    • Red Bliss
  • Yellow Flesh
    • Ruby Crescent
    • Yukon Gold
    • Yellow Finnish
    • Russian Banana Fingerling
  • Blue & Purple
    • All Blue
    • Caribe