For South American Inspiration, Look to Idaho Potatoes

Take a look at the trend predictions for 2013, and there’s little doubt that culinary compasses are pointed south. With the regional cuisines of South America in the spotlight, diners will be enjoying more of the continent’s ethnic ingredients, like the potato. Luckily for U.S. operators and customers, the potato is flourishing in Idaho.

Idaho can claim the largest potato production in the country, with varieties than range from the classic Russet to Golds, Reds, Fingerlings (including the Purple Peruvian) and the All Blue and Huckleberry.

As a comprehensive potato resource, the Idaho Potato Commission offers product and handling/storage information, preparation techniques and tips, and wealth of foodservice recipes. For operators looking to add some Latin flavor to their menus, a recipe search for Purple Peruvian yields intriguing results like Peruvian Oxtail “Shepherd’s Pie” with Idaho Fingerlings and Idaho Purple Peruvian Bonbons.

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