Fingerling potato

Russian Banana fingerlings from Pike Place Market

A fingerling potato is a small, stubby, finger-shaped type of potato which may be any heritage potato cultivars. Fingerlings are varieties that naturally grow small and narrow. They are fully mature when harvested and are not to be confused with new potatoes. Popular fingerling potatoes include the yellow-skinned Russian Banana,[1][2] the pink-skinned, yellow fleshed French Fingerling,[3][4] the Purple Peruvian,[5][6] and the Swedish Peanut Fingerling.[7][8] Due to their size and greater expense compared to other potatoes, fingerlings are commonly either halved and roasted as a side dish or used in salads.


  1. Hugh Acheson (12 May 2015). The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. pp. 527–. ISBN 978-0-385-34503-3.
  2. Allan A. Swenson (2008). Great Growing at Home: The Essential Guide to Gardening Basics. Taylor Trade Publishing. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-1-58979-265-4.
  3. Rosalind Creasy (15 March 1999). The Edible French Garden. pp. 51–. ISBN 978-1-4629-1759-4.
  4. Hielke De Jong; Walter De Jong; Joseph B. Sieczka (25 April 2011). The Complete Book of Potatoes: What Every Grower and Gardener Needs to Know. Timber Press. pp. 53–. ISBN 978-1-60469-307-2.
  5. Roy Navarre; Mark J Pavek (15 December 2014). The Potato: Botany, Production and Uses. CABI. pp. 41–. ISBN 978-1-78064-280-2. Common fingerling varieties are: Russian Banana, French, Rose Finn Apple, and Purple Peruvian (WSU, 2012). Purples and blues These colorful potatoes are an eye-catching addition to the dinner table, and come in a range of hues of blue, ...
  6. Wayne Gisslen; Mary Ellen Griffin; Le Cordon Bleu (2006). Professional Cooking for Canadian Chefs. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 584–. ISBN 978-0-471-66377-5. The two most common purple-fleshed potatoes are Peruvian Blue,also called Purple Peruvian,with dark violet flesh that lightens somewhat when cooked,and All-Blue,with purple or reddish purple flesh that becomes lavender when cooked.
  7. Sue Stickland (1998). Heirloom Vegetables: A Home Gardener's Guide to Finding and Growing Vegetables from the Past. Fireside Books. pp. 151–. ISBN 978-0-684-83807-6. Swedish Peanut Fingerling A dry golden-fleshed late season variety, grown by Swedish settlers in about 1900. Crescent shaped potatoes are great baked or roasted, they set and store well, and are ...
  8. Growing for Market: News and Ideas for Market Gardeners. Fairplain Publications. 2000. pp. 143–. Swedish Peanut Fingerling also has an interesting history. "This variety was brought to Alaska by Swedish Settlers in 1910–15, and was called Mandelpotatis," related Gerritsen. "I received seed for Swedish Peanut Fingerling from a friend, Bill ...

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