Here in Australia, the spud remains a favourite on tables around the country and for many, forms an important part of most main meals.
All potatoes originated in Bolivia and southern Peru and all of today’s varieties can be genetically traced back to these two south American Countries. Potatoes are the third most grown crop after rice and wheat/maize but need the least amount of water to grow. Another fact, Australia has a world class potato research station at Toolangi in Victoria where they have developed varieties such as Otway Red and Toolangi Delight.
Types of Potatoes in Australia
However common its use, to the discerning potato fancier, spuds are most definitely not spuds. The many different varieties available are subtly different in flavour and texture, and lend themselves best to different forms of cooking.
Learning about the different types of potatoes available, and especially, how each variety is best prepared, can most definitely enhance your consumption experience. But this is not always as easy as it seems.