What do these vegetables have in common? They’re all heirloom potatoes. Quite a variety, yes?
American gardeners and farmers only grow a limited number of varieties of ONE potato species.
In my book Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains I write, “Andean farmers have grown up to 10 species, each with hundreds of varieties having a diverse range of shapes, colors, flavors, and ability to withstand freezing weather. Farmers grow as many as 200 varieties in a single field. These varieties have flesh that ranges in color from black through blue, deep purple, bright red and intense yellow to white. Shapes vary from spherical to tubular and from smooth to wrinkled. … Some varieties are significantly more nutritious than the common white potato.”