With 1 million acres of potatoes harvested from 30 states in 2020, potatoes are the most prominent vegetable crop in the United States. Clearly, Americans adore potatoes, but which state is the source of this wonderful starchy vegetable?
Idaho is known for its potatoes for good reason—it produces the most of any state in the U.S. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture reports that the state cultivates one-third of the potatoes grown in the United States on over 300,000 acres.
In Idaho, over 30 different varieties of potatoes are grown, with the most well-known varieties being Russet, Yukon Gold, Red, and Fingerlings. Idaho's climate, water, and soil all contribute to the vegetable's success.