Growing Yellow Potatoes (25 Yellow Potato Varieties To Try)


When growing potatoes, yellow varieties are a popular choice. There are plenty of yellow 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 yellow potato varieties?  Yellow potato varieties include Austrian Crescent, Banana Fingerling, Belmonda, Bintje, Carola, Elba, Genesee, German Butterball, Irish Cobbler, Kennebec, Keuka Gold, Lehigh, Masquerade, Natascha, Nicola, Prada, Princess Laratte, Russian Banana, Satina, Soraya, Upstate Abundance, Vivaldi, Yellow Finn, Yukon Gem, and Yukon Gold.

Of course, some potatoes have yellow skin or yellow flesh, but not both.

In this article, we’ll talk about yellow potatoes and go into detail about 17 different potato varieties with yellow skin or flesh.

Let’s get started.


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The Complete Guide To Growing Potatoes


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


25 Yellow Potato Varieties

Here are 25 yellow potato varieties for you to try growing (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).

  • Austrian Crescent
  • Banana Fingerling
  • Belmonda
  • Bintje
  • Carola
  • Elba
  • Genesee
  • German Butterball
  • Irish Cobbler
  • Kennebec
  • Keuka Gold
  • Lehigh
  • Masquerade
  • Natascha
  • Nicola
  • Prada
  • Princess Laratte
  • Russian Banana
  • Satina
  • Soraya
  • Upstate Abundance
  • Vivaldi
  • Yellow Finn
  • Yukon Gem
  • Yukon Gold
Yukon Gold potatoes
Yukon Gold is just one of the many types of yellow potatoes.

Austrian Crescent

This mid to late season potato variety was developed in Europe. The tubers are crescent-shaped, with yellow skin and smooth, yellowish-white flesh (good for roasting or potato salad).

Austrian Crescent produces high yields, and the tubers store well. It matures in 70 to 90 days.

You can find Austrian Crescent potatoes from Carter Farms.

Banana Fingerling

This mid to late season gourmet potato variety was developed in Europe. The tubers are long and thin, with tan skin and smooth, waxy yellowish-white flesh (good for potato salad).

fingerling potatoes
Fingerling potatoes are long and thin, often seen as a gourment type of potato.

Banana Fingerling has medium-sized plants, and it resists both scab and viruses. It matures in 90 days.

You can find Banana Fingerling potatoes from Urban Farmer.

Belmonda

This early to mid-season potato variety has a rounded oval shape. The tubers have yellow skin that peels easily, along with yellow flesh (good if you want to harvest new potatoes!)

Belmonda produces high yields, and the tubers store well. It resists late blight (foliar and tuber), scab, and Rhizoctonia.

You can find Belmonda potatoes from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.

Bintje

This late season potato variety was released by a Dutch schoolteacher in 1905. It has a rounded oval shape, with yellow skin and yellow flesh.

Bintje produces high yields and the tubers store well, but they are susceptible to scab.

You can find Bintje potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Carola

This German main crop potato variety has yellow skin and yellow flesh. The large tubers are good for boiling, baking, mashing, and scalloping.

Carola stores well and maintains the taste and texture of new potatoes, even after months in storage. Resists scab and other diseases.

You can find Carola potatoes from Gurney’s.

Elba

This late season potato variety was developed at Cornell. It produces tubers with tan skin and smooth, waxy white flesh (good for roasting, boiling, baking, and potato salad).

Elba stores well, and it boasts some of the highest blight resistance around. It also resists scab, but is susceptible to hollow heart in wet climates.

You can find Elba potatoes from High Mowing Seeds.

Genesee

This late season potato variety was released by Cornell University in 1992. It has a round to oblong shape, with yellow skin and yellowish-white flesh.

Genesee produces tubers that are smooth and resistant to both scab and early blight.

You can find Genesee potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

German Butterball

This potato has light brown or yellow skin and yellow flesh. True to its name, the flesh is buttery and smooth, yet dry – perfect for roasting or frying in the winter.

This variety boasts high yields and it stores well. It has resistance to scab, but is susceptible to Rhizoctonia.

You can find German Butterball potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Irish Cobbler

This early season heirloom potato variety produces large round to oblong tubers with yellow skin and somewhat mealy white flesh. They are good for mashed potatoes or soups.

Irish Cobbler was released in 1876, and it is a determinate variety. It matures in 70 days.

You can find Irish Cobbler potatoes from Hoss Tools.

Kennebec

This potato variety is quite productive, with thin tan skin and smooth white flesh. It is good for frying, baking, or boiling. One downside is their thin skin, which makes them bruise easily.

Kennebec potatoes
Kennebec is a very productive yellow potato variety.

Kennebec boasts high yields and disease resistance (including late blight). It matures in 80 to 100 days.

You can find Kennebec potatoes from Renee’s Garden.

Keuka Gold

This mid-season potato variety was released by Cornell University in 2004. The tubers are large and oblong, with tan skin and light yellow flesh.

Keuka Gold produces tubers that are resistant to both scab and golden nematode, but it is susceptible to Rhizoctonia.

You can find Keuka Gold potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Lehigh

This late season potato variety was released by Cornell University, Penn State University, and the University of Maine in 2007. The tubers are large, with yellow skin and light yellow flesh (great for soups, stews, or fries).

Lehigh produces high yields, with tubers that are resistant to both scab and blackspot bruise.

You can find Lehigh potatoes from Fedco Seeds.


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Masquerade

This mid-season potato variety produces small to medium sized tubers that boast a mix of yellow and purple skin with white flesh. They are good for baking, mashing, and roasting.

Masquerade produces high yields, and it resists both scab and viruses. It matures in 80 to 110 days.

You can find Masquerade potatoes from Burpee.

Natascha

This early potato has yellow skin and smooth, creamy, yellow flesh. It produces a high yield of tubers with very few blemishes.

Natascha resists bruising, Rhizoctonia, black leg, potato virus Y, and tuber rot.

You can find Natascha potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Nicola

This German early season heirloom potato variety was developed in the 1960s. It has tender tan to brown skin with waxy, yellow flesh, an oval shape.

Nicola’s nutty flavor that makes it good for both new potatoes and regular potatoes. It has resistance to both scab and drought.

You can find Nicola potatoes from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Prada

This early season potato variety was released in 2017 by the Solana Group in Germany. The tubers are long, with smooth yellow skin and firm, yellow flesh (great for soups, stews, or fries).

Prada produces high yields, with tubers that are resistant to scab, blight, and blackspot bruise, and nematodes. The plants also tolerate drought.

You can find Prada potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Princess Laratte

This late season heirloom potato variety from France is a fingerling type, similar to Banana Fingerling. The tubers have tan skin and smooth yellowish-white flesh.

Princess Laratte has medium-sized plants, and it resists both scab and viruses. It matures in 90 to 100 days.

You can find Princess Laratte potatoes from Burpee.

Russian Banana

This heirloom potato has tan skin and moist, buttery, yellow flesh. The tubers are small and oblong, perfect for boiling, baking, or roasting.

Russian Banana Fingerling potatoes
Russian Banana Fingerling potatoes are an heirloom variety with tan skin and yellow flesh.

It is easy to grow, stores well, and has high resistance to scab. It was first grown by Russians who settled in the U.S.

You can find Russian Banana Fingering potatoes from High Mowing Seeds.

Satina

This potato has yellow-tan skin and smooth, buttery, yellow flesh. The tubers are large with few flaws – excellent for mashing.

It produces high yields and stores well. It also has high resistance to scab and tuber late blight, plus moderate resistance to Potato Virus Y.

You can find Satina potatoes from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.

Soraya

This mid-season potato variety makes its way from Germany. The tubers are round with yellow skin and yellow flesh.

Soraya produces high yields, and it tolerates both heat and drought. The tubers are resistant to cracking, hollow heart, late blight, scab, silver scurf, fusarium dry rot, black leg, potato virus Y, golden nematodes, and more.

You can find Soraya potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Upstate Abundance

This early season potato variety was bred at Cornell University. The tubers are small and round with yellow skin and yellowish-white flesh.

Upstate Abundance produces high yields. The tubers are resistant to late blight, golden nematode, hollow heart, and more.

You can find Upstate Abundance potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Vivaldi

This mid-season potato variety has an oval shape with tan skin and light yellow flesh. The tubers hold their shape well during cooking.

Vivaldi produces high yields of large tubers. However, it offers little disease resistance.

You can find Vivaldi potatoes from Fedco Seeds.

Yellow Finn

This mid/late season heirloom potato variety has yellow skin with yellow flesh and a round to oblong shape with a sweet, rich flavor. It was brought from Finland in the 1950s.

Yellow Finn tubers are often harvested early as new potatoes. It also resists scab.

You can find Yellow Finn potatoes from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Yukon Gem

This mid-season potato has light tan skin and buttery light yellow to white flesh, good for baking, boiling, or frying. The tubers are round or oval – excellent flavor (same as Yukon Gold).

Developed by North Dakota State University, it stores very well and also resists both scab and late blight.

You can find Yukon Gem from High Mowing Seeds.

Yukon Gold

This early potato has golden yellow skin and moist light yellow flesh, good for baking, boiling, mashing, or frying. The tubers have excellent flavor, and you can harvest them before maturity to get delicious new potatoes.

Yukon Gold Potatoes
Yukon Gold potatoes have golden yellow skin and flesh, and they are good with lots of different cooking methods.

Maturing fast in only 60 to 80 days, Yukon Gold is favored by many gardeners.

You can find Yukon Gold potatoes from Gurney’s.

What Are Yellow Potatoes Good For?

Potatoes are a nutrient-dense food, containing Vitamin C. Yellow potatoes contain antioxidants, and younger potatoes contain more of them.

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

Why Are My Yellow Potatoes Green?

Yellow potatoes can turn green when exposed to sunlight, just like any other potatoes. This will also lead to production of the toxin solanine, which makes the potato poisonous to eat.

green potatoes
Yellow potatoes can turn green after exposure to sunlight. The green is from chlorophyll, but the toxin solanine is usually also present.
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You can learn more about why potatoes turn green (and how to prevent it) here.


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The Complete Guide To Growing Potatoes


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 12 purple potato varieties here.

You can learn about seed potatoes 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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Yellow potato varieties include Austrian Crescent, Banana Fingerling, Belmonda, Bintje, Carola, Elba, Genesee, German Butterball, Irish Cobbler, Kennebec, Keuka Gold, Lehigh, Masquerade, Natascha, Nicola, Prada, Princess Laratte, Russian Banana, Satina, Soraya, Upstate Abundance, Vivaldi, Yellow Finn, Yukon Gem, and Yukon Gold.

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