WHAT IS A YUKON GOLD POTATO?
This potato was the result of a Canadian science experiment that came to fruition in 1980. It was a larger version of a tasty Peruvian tuber but with a smoother shape that made it easier to peel. Yukon Gold potatoes are a great all purpose choice for any type of wet or dry cooking. However with a lower solids content be careful not to over mash them or they’ll turn soggy. This varietal is particularly popular when using a Hasselback cut. Yukon Golds are often mistaken for Idaho potatoes. They’re actually a competitor!
WHY ARE YUKON GOLD POTATOES GOOD FOR YOU?
They have twice the amount of vitamin C as most other potatoes. While the Yukon Gold has a small amount of iron, the abundance of vitamin C helps your body to absorb more of this mineral then normal. And like all tubers, they’re rich in carbohydrates.
WHEN ARE YUKON GOLD POTATOES IN SEASON?
They are an early spring crop that should be planted just after the last frost (so March or April up north). Harvest occurs when they hit about 2 inches in diameter.
HOW SHOULD YUKON GOLD POTATOES BE STORED?
These tubers can be stored up to 6 months in cooler room temperatures (45ºF or 7ºC) that are dry and have good air circulation. Avoid a lot of light since exposure can cause the potatoes to green. Do not store your raw potatoes in the refrigerator or freezer.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO JULIENNE A YUKON GOLD POTATO?
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ARE THE YELLOW POTATOES IN MY STORE YUKON GOLDS?
The answer is maybe but probably not. Yukon Golds are more expensive and some retailers will deliberately confuse the issue to sell a cheaper tuber at the more expensive price. If you want to buy a famous brand like Rolls Royce and the dealership instead is selling “silver cars with horrible fuel efficiency”…