Q. What are fingerling potatoes?
A. Fingerlings are similar to your own fingers. They are known for their firm, waxy, flavor texture. They are typically 1 to 2 inches in diameter and 2 to 4 5 inches long.
Q. How do I prepare Strohauer Farms specialty gourmet fingerling potatoes
A. Fingerlings cook quickly and are a great addition to virtually any meal. They can be baked, roasted, grilled, steamed, sautéed, boiled, fried or mashed and offer outstanding flavor and color to your favorite meal.
Q. What should I look for when buying Strohauer Farms specialty gourmet fingerling potatoes?
A. Potatoes should be firm, well-shaped and blemish-free. Avoid potatoes that are wrinkled, sprouted or cracked.
Q. What potato varieties doesvarieties does Storohauer Farms produce?
A. Strohauer Farms offers a variety of specialty gourmet potatoes including: Russian Banana Fingerlings, Rose Finn Fingerlings, French Fingerlings, Purple Peruvian Fingerlings, Russet, Red, Yukon Gold and Purple Majesty potatoes.
Q. How should I store my fingerlings?
A. Store potatoes in a cool,humid (but not wet) dark place with good ventilation. Don't refrigerate them — doing so converts some of the potato's starch to sugar.
- Q. Do fingerlings need to be peeled?
A. The skins should be left on. If the skins are removed, you not only lose a significant part of the flavor, you also lose a huge amount of the nutritional value found in the fingerling.
- Q. Why do fingerlings cost more?
A. At Strohauer Farms, we do a large part of the labor
by hand to ensure that you receive the highest
quality fingerling potatoes. These specialty heirloom
potatoes have limited seed availability, which
makes them very expensive to plant, grow, harvest and pack.
- Q. What is the history of fingerlings?
A. The fingerling potato is a class of potatoes known
as folk potatoes. European immigrants originally
brought over fingerlings to North America. Like
all potatoes, fingerlings trace their roots to
South America. They are said to have been planted
by ancestors of the Incas over 6000 years ago.
- Q. Can leftover potatoes be frozen?
A. While cooked potatoes can be frozen, they tend to
become watery upon reheating. The potato is 80
percent water; and when frozen, this water separates
from the starch and nutrients causing the reheated
potato dish to be watery.
- Q. How does a potato grow?
A. A potato plant is a vine that grows above ground
with the actual potato growing from the roots under
- Q. Why do potatoes grow sprouts?
A. Sprouts are a sign that the potato is trying to
grow. Cut the sprouts away before cooking or eating
the potato. To reduce sprouting, store potatoes
in a cool, dry, dark location that is well ventilated.
- Q. Are potatoes nutritious?
A. YES! Potatoes are a low calorie, fat and cholesterol-free vegetable providing vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6 and dietary fiber.
- Q. Are potatoes fattening?
A. NO! It's all those delicious toppings we use that add calories and fat. The potato contains zero fat and 5.3-ounces of potatoes are only 110 calories.
- Q. What about potatoes and the Glycemic Index?
A. The Glycemic Index (GI) is a system that assigns
a number to foods, particularly carbohydrates such
as bread, pasta and potatoes, based on their ability
to increase blood glucose. The practicality of
the GI of individual foods in diet planning is
controversial because combinations of foods can
alter the total GI of a meal. In the case of potatoes, for example,
common toppings such as cheese, broccoli, butter,
salsa or vinegar may lower the combined GI. After
an extensive review, the American Diabetes Association
concluded that, for people with diabetes, the total
amount of carbohydrate in meals and snacks, rather
than the type, determines the blood sugar (Glycemic)
- Q. Are fingerlings better for you?
A. Fingerlings are recognized as a healthier carbohydrate
because they have a lower glycemic index, which
means they have less starch. Nutritionists often
recommend them, as a healthy alternative to traditional