Growing Blue & Purple Potatoes (12 Stunning Varieties To Try)


When it comes to growing potatoes, blue is a unique and interesting color. There are several blue or purple potatoes to choose from, depending on what you want in a potato (texture, time to maturity, disease resistance, and so on).

So, what are some blue or purple potato varieties? Blue and purple potato varieties include Adirondack Blue, All Blue, Blackberry, Blue Gold, Caribe, Harvest Moon, Huckleberry Gold, Magic Molly, Masquerade, Purple Majesty, Purple Peruvian, and Purple Viking.

Of course, some potatoes have skin or flesh that is more purple than blue – but we’ll include those ones in this list as well.

In this article, we’ll talk about blue (and purple) potatoes and go into detail about 12 different potato varieties.

Let’s get started.


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12 Blue & Purple Potato Varieties

Below is a list of 12 blue or purple potato varieties for you to try growing.

purple flesh potatoes
Some of the potatoes below have purple skin and flesh, while others have purple skin and white or yellow flesh.

Note that they vary in terms of skin thickness, flesh texture, disease resistance, and so forth – you can find more detail below, after the list.

  • Adirondack Blue
  • All Blue
  • Blackberry
  • Blue Gold
  • Caribe
  • Harvest Moon
  • Huckleberry Gold
  • Magic Molly
  • Masquerade
  • Purple Majesty
  • Purple Peruvian
  • Purple Viking
purple potato tubers
There are many blue or purple potato varieties available.

Let’s take a closer look at each one, starting with Adirondack Blue.

Adirondack Blue

This early mid-season potato is a show-stopper with purple skin and purple flesh. It was released at Cornell University in 2003.

Adirondack Blue potatoes are high in antioxidants, meaning they keep their color when cooked. The tubers are large and oblong, and they are susceptible to scab, scurf, and Colorado Potato Beetles.

They mature 80 to 90 days after planting.

You can find Adirondack Blue potatoes from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.

All Blue

This mid-season heirloom potato has purple skin and purple flesh. It is also called Blue Marker, Fenton Blue, and River John Blue.

All Blue potatoes are high in antioxidants, so they stay purple when cooked. The plants are drought tolerant with high yields.

The tubers are medium size with an oblong shape, and they have some resistance to late blight, hollow heart and scab. They mature 80 to 90 days after planting.

You can find All Blue potatoes from Maine Potato Lady.

Blackberry

This mid-season potato has thin purple skin and purple flesh. It was released by Michigan State University.

Blackberry potatoes are high in antioxidants, so they stay purple when cooked. The plants are upright and produce high yields (3 to 4 pounds per plant).

The tubers are medium size with a round shape, and they have some resistance to early blight, wire worms, and Colorado Potato Beetles. They mature 80 to 100 days after planting.

You can find Blackberry potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Blue Gold (Peter Wilcox)

This mid-season potato (also known as Peter Wilcox) has purple skin and yellow flesh. The tubers are round with an earthy flavor.

Blue Gold potatoes are high in antioxidants, and they store well. The plants have lavender flowers and produce high yields (3 to 4 pounds per plant).

Purple potato flowers
Some potato flowers are white, but others (like Blue Gold) have lavender flowers.

They resist golden nematodes and powdery scab, but are susceptible to scurf, wilt, and blight. They mature 80 to 90 days after planting.

You can find Blue Gold potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Caribe

This early season potato has purple skin and white flesh. The tubers are large and oblong, and they are good for frying or baking.

Caribe potatoes are high in antioxidants, and they produce a high yield. The plants can do well in a variety of soil types.

Caribe shows moderate scab resistance. They mature 70 to 90 days after planting.

You can find Caribe potatoes from Territorial Seed Company.

Harvest Moon

This early season potato has purple skin and yellowish white flesh. The tubers are round, with a nutty flavor.

Harvest Moon potatoes are high in antioxidants. The tubers are good mashed, baked, boiled, or fried.

Harvest Moon shows some resistance to scab and cracking. They mature 70 days after planting.

You can find Harvest Moon potatoes from Burpee.


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Huckleberry Gold

This mid-season potato has purple skin and yellowish white flesh. It was developed at Montana State University.

The tubers are oval and medium to large in size, boasting high levels of antioxidants and a low glycemic index. They also store well.

Huckleberry Gold is less susceptible to hollow heart than Yukon Gold. It also shows some resistance to scab and tuber late blight.

You can find Huckleberry Gold potatoes from High Mowing Seeds.

Magic Molly

This late season fingerling potato variety has dark purple skin and purple flesh. It was developed in Alaska by Bill Campbell.

The plants are vigorous and the tubers long and waxy, boasting high levels of antioxidants with an earthy flavor. They also store well.

Magic Molly resists late blight, but it is somewhat susceptible to scab. It also shows some resistance to scab and tuber late blight.

It matures 95 to 100 days after planting.

You can find Magic Molly potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Masquerade

This early mid-season potato variety has purple skin with yellow spots and moist white flesh. The plants are vigorous and the tubers are good for roasting or baking.

Masquerade produces high yields and boasts high levels of antioxidants. They also resist hollow heart, bruising, early blight, and Colorado Potato Beetles.

It matures 65 to 80 days after planting.

You can find Masquerade potatoes from Burpee.

Purple Majesty

This mid-season heirloom potato is a show-stopper with deep purple skin and purple flesh. The flavor is better than other blue potato varieties.

They stay purple when cooked, due to the high levels of antioxidants, which are good for your health. Purple Majesty matures 85 to 95 days after planting.

You can find Purple Majesty potatoes from Renee’s Garden.

Purple Peruvian

This late season heirloom potato comes from the Andes Mountains in Peru. The tubers have a long fingerling shape, and they have thin purple skin and purple flesh.

The plants resist both heat and drought.

They stay purple when cooked, due to the high levels of antioxidants, which are good for your health. Purple Peruvian matures 110 days after planting.

You can find Purple Peruvian potatoes from Hudson Valley Seed.

Purple Viking

This early potato has thin purple-pink skin and creamy, white, buttery flesh. It is good for baking or mashing, and it is favored over Yukon Gold for flavor.

Purple Viking can produce up to 2 pounds of tubers per plant. Matures in 80 to 100 days.

You can find Purple Viking potatoes from Gurney’s.

What Is Special About Purple Potatoes?

Purple potatoes have more antioxidants than other varieties. Antioxidants protect your bodys cells from oxidative stress.

Andean Black potatoes
Purple potatoes have more antioxidants than other types of potatoes. They stay purple after cooking.

The presence of these antioxidants is what gives purple potatoes their color. It also means they will keep their purple color after cooking.

In addition, potatoes are a nutrient-dense food, containing Vitamin C. Purple potatoes contain antioxidants, and younger potatoes contain more of them.

Also, if you eat purple potatoes with the skins, then you will get an extra dose of fiber.


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A complete reference and an ultimate guide that teaches you everything you need to know about potato selection, planting, care, harvest, and storage.


Conclusion

Now you know about several yellow potato varieties, along with the answers to some common questions about yellow potatoes.

I hope you found this article helpful.  If so, please share it with someone who can use the information.

You can learn about 17 red potato varieties here.

You can also learn about 25 yellow potato varieties here.

You can learn about the time to maturity for various types of potatoes here.

You can find a guide for planting potatoes here.


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