We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Whatever you intend to do with a potato, you need to select the variety for the job at hand. If you have ever made gluey mashed taters, or had taters disintegrate in a stew, you know what I mean. Wrong potato. All of our potato types have been genetically-engineered for specific qualities. Special thanks to Mr. Johnson who came up with the Yukon Gold a few years ago.
As I have commented in the past, it's fun to think about all of the foods the New World native farmers and plant breeders contributed to Old World cuisine. For starters, potatoes,tomatoes, peppers, beans, maize, zucchini and summer squash, winter squash and pumpkin, cocoa, strawberry, sunflower, sweet potato, peanut, vanilla, etc. etc.
At the time of the European invasions of the New World, there were few communities of pure hunter-gatherers (eg the Eskimos). Farming was big, supplemented by hunting-gathering.If you recall, the Pilgrims took over Indian hundred-acre cornfields.
My maternal grandmother was a cook without equal and more than a little particular about her ingredients. Cream had to come from Guernsey cows, her beef from an old style sawdust on the floor German butcher with an accent, pork from a foxhunting friend of my grandfather who raised hogs commercially but had a pen out back where he raised a few special ones for his family and friends, and so on.
She insisted Green Mountain potatoes were the best and that those raised by one local farmer were without equal. Green Mountains are a variety developed in the late 1800's and known as good eaters but fell out of favor long ago when higher yielding varieties came along. Come late winter or early spring and Mr Flock's potato storage cellar was empty she kept cooking potatoes but always warned they wouldn't be any good, they were just "store bought".
The link tells us that climate models predict 13 varieties of wild potatoes will become extinct due to rising temperatures, so the fact that they are inedible matters about as much as the fact that Tyrannosaurs had banana size teeth.
1493 by Charles C. Mann. If you read the little Amazon blurb you will see why. Food has moved around for thousands of years, but the first 200 years after contact between the Old World and New World was astonishing. Mann makes considerable reference to what had gone before as well.