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A name used to refer to different varieties of white potatoes. Potatoes were a major crop in Ireland and were brought to New England by the Irish immigrants in the beginning of the 18th century. The name "Irish potatoes" was often used in reference to white potatoes because the Irish brought them here. The name is still sometimes used in reference to white potatoes. The different varieties generally have light brown or red skin with a white flesh.
When selecting, choose those that are firm and plump, avoiding those that have shriveled skins, sprouting eyes, soft spots, blemishes and green spots. Store potatoes in a cool dry place. They will keep at room temperature for up to two weeks and longer when stored in cool temperatures. Do not store in the refrigerator because the cold temperatures will convert the starches into sugar and the potato will become sweet and turn a dark color when cooked. Do not store with onions, the gas given off by onions accelerate the decay of potatoes.
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