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We’re changing the way you think about potatoes. Because our spuds are grown in heavy black soil without heavy irrigation, they pack more flavor than potatoes grown anywhere else. Whether you like them baked, fried, mashed, roasted or grilled, Red River Valley “Reds” transform an ordinary side dish into a hearty, wholesome meal that stands out on every plate.

Red River Valley Potato Nutritional Information

As one of America’s favorites foods, potatoes make it on to our plates more than any other side dish. Thankfully, they are just as nutritious as they are delicious. In fact, a medium size potato has only 110 calories with no fat or cholesterol. Plus, it’s a great source of potassium, fiber and Vitamin C, as well as protein, Vitamin B, calcium, iron and more. So next time you have a potato, enjoy it, and know you are eating one of nature’s healthiest foods.

Check out this helpful link from Potatoes USA for Potato Nutrition A to Z:

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Potato Nutrition Facts

Potassium

Potatoes eaten with skin are an excellent source of potassium, offering 13 percent of the daily value in just one potato. Potassium helps retain calcium, which is important for strong bones, and it’s great for cardiovascular health. In fact, potatoes qualify for a health claim approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which states: Diets containing foods that are a good source of potassium and that are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Fiber

One medium potato (5.3 ounces) with the skin contains 2 grams, or 7 percent of the recommended daily intake for fiber. Preliminary studies show that fiber is beneficial for a healthy digestive system and may help reduce the risk of some cancers and possibly heart disease. According to a researcher at Pennsylvania State University, consuming adequate fiber and water helps increase satiety (fullness) between meals.

Vitamin C

For vitamin C, don’t just think oranges – think potatoes! Potatoes are one of the leading sources of vitamin C in the American diet. One medium potato contains 30 percent of your recommended daily intake! Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps stabilize free radicals, which may prevent cellular damage, and produces the collagen that helps hold bone tissue together.

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Tips For Purchasing And Storing Potatoes


Purchasing:

  • When purchasing potatoes, look for ones that are free of bruises, have vibrant color and are firm to the touch.
  • Choose potatoes that are free of any sprouting.

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Storage:

  • Potatoes don’t need to be washed before storing, but should be rinsed before preparation.
  • Potatoes should be stored away from direct light.
  • Avoid storing in heat.  Room temperature is okay but ideal storage temperature would be between 45 and 60 degrees.
  • Refrigerating potatoes will sweeten their flavor because the cool temperature causes the starch to turns to sugar. This does not harm the potato, but will change the flavor.  Some people actually prefer this sweeter flavor.
  • Do not store potatoes in an airtight bag or container, they need to breath.
  • Be sure to check on the potatoes occasionally and remove any that have softened or decayed.
  • Many consumers toss sprouting potatoes which is okay but if the potato is still firm, sprouts can easily and safely be removed before preparation.
  • Do not store potatoes with onions.  The flavor of the onion will be absorbed by the potato and also hasten decay.

baked_redRed River Valley Potato Size Guide

For round red potatoes and yellow varieties, here is a guide to help you size them up.

  • Jumbo: 3½” diameter potato or larger
  • Premium: 3” to 3½” diameter.
  • A-size: 40 percent or more of potatoes are 2 ½” diameter. Typically used in consumer bags.
  • B-size: 1 ½” to 2 ¼” diameter range. Commonly called “new” potatoes or baby reds.
  • C-size: Less than 1 ½” in diameter. The smallest potatoes available. These are also called “creamers.”