|Description:||This image features a close-up view of a plate of baked, red-skinned potatoes. The potato in the extreme foreground had been split, revealing its rich, cream-colored interior, which was once hidden by its covering of bright red skin.|
Potatoes should be thoroughly washed with clean tap water and scrubbed lightly before preparation. Any sprouts or eyes growing from the potato should be cut out. The skin can be removed or left on depending on use. Common methods of preparation include boiling, baking, microwaving, mashing, frying and grilling. Consuming baked and grilled potatoes with the skin left on provides the most nutrients.