5 Potatoes to Try Now

These lesser-known varieties are rich in phytonutrients.

While health-minded eaters may think of potatoes as little more than carb and calorie bombs, athletes can benefit from simply cooked spuds. One medium potato (the standard white kind) provides more potassium than a banana and about 45 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement, says Keri Glassman, R.D., a New York City-based nutritionist. Similar to other foods such as apples, not all varieties are created equal, and some types provide more phytonutrients than others. “Instead of white flesh, colored ones have even more compounds that act as antioxidants and give the potatoes anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties,” notes Glassman.

Here, five types to try this season.