Russet Potatoes

Russet Burbank potatoes, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum ‘Russet Burbank,’ belong to the nightshade, or Solanaceae family along with bell peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant. Also known as the Netted Gem, Idaho russet, and the Idaho Baker, the Russet Burbank was given its name due to the texture of its skin. The Russet Burbank potato is the most widely grown and studied potato cultivar in North America and is used in an array of culinary applications including making French fries.

 
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If you’re looking to power up your performance, look no further than the potato. Did you know that potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium and energy you need to perform at your best? Potatoes are more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable and have even more potassium than a banana. Plus, there’s a potato performance recipe options to fuel your body and brain throughout the day- whether you lead an active lifestyle or are competing with elite athletes.

The reason potatoes have spread across the globe so quickly and have been so widely accepted is because they are a storehouse of energy and nutrition, including vitamins, minerals, and essential organic compounds. [2]

  • Mineral Content: If you eat potatoes regularly, you ensure a good supply of water and ions in your body. This is because they are rich in potassium. The concentration is highest in the skin and just beneath it. So, eating the potato with its skin is always beneficial. They also contain calcium, iron, and phosphorus.
  • Vitamin Content: Potatoes are known for the large amounts of vitamin C present in them. [3] Typically, a 100 gm serving will contain about 17 mg of vitamin C. In addition to this, they also contain vitamins A and B (source: USDA National Nutrient Database).
  • Water Content: Potatoes may look huge, but water accounts for about 70-80 percent of their weight. So the belief that you become fat by eating potatoes is a misconception. Of course, if your potato servings contain large quantities of butter, or if you can’t keep away from those high-fat and high-cholesterol french fries, then you are bound to gain weight.
  • Starch Content: Potatoes contain about 17% starch and they are one of the best natural sources. However, you should avoid eating sprouted potatoes as sprouting leads to the conversion of starch into sugar.

Note: Most of the nutrients in a potato are just beneath its skin, as confirmed by a study conducted in the UK. If you eat the skin along with the inside part, you get all these nutrients or else what you primarily end up eating is just carbohydrates!