Sometimes, we need to add potato to our dishes like in Pulao and some Indian dry vegetable dishes. But some potatoes have sweetness to them which ruin the flavor of the dish.

Is there a way to differentiate the potatoes which are sweet in flavor from the normal one without tasting?

Note: I am not talking about Sweet potato, which is a different thing altogether.

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Though there is not a perfect way you can differentiate them except tasting, but you can try following ways which are kinda based on experience as we used to run a grocery store.

1. By smelling them

You can smell them while purchasing. If you smell some sweetness, it will have sweetness. Though, it'd require some practice.

2. By texture and color

You can differentiate between them by looking at color.

For eg., this one has sweetness.

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While this one doesn't have.

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There is one more, but it works after boiling.

If you boil potato with sweetness, it will get glue-ish.

  • What about reddish colour potato ? Dec 26, 2016 at 14:30
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    @Chloe We're not talking about sweet potato, but potatoes with some sweetness.
    – A J
    Dec 26, 2016 at 15:59
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    There are dozens if not hundreds of potato cultivars which look like the first one in your picture, and dozens if not hundreds which look like the second. Are you sure that it is always the look that matters, or is it possible that your local markets sell one cultivar of each look, and one just happens to be sweeter than the other?
    – rumtscho
    Dec 26, 2016 at 16:26
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    @rumtscho Well, look doesn't always matter, but I can say that most of the times it's true because I've purchased them many times and we also ran a grocery store.
    – A J
    Dec 26, 2016 at 16:32
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    @AJ How can you say looks doesn't matter when in your answer you say "You can differentiate between them by looking at color"?
    – Ghostship
    Dec 26, 2016 at 19:10

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