The Russet potato was given its name due to the texture of its skin. Inside the large Russet Burbank potato's fine, sandpaper-textured, ruddy-colored skin is a firm, low-sugar, moist and starchy flesh that becomes fluffy and light when cooked.
Producing the highest yields in the United States, Oregon and Washington State's Burbank Russet potato harvest begins in late August or early September and ends by the first of November. Idaho's harvest begins in September after Labor Day and ends by the first of November. Available year-round, November to late June Burbank Russet supplies come from storage potatoes.
The Russet Burbank potato is botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum “Russet Burbank” and belongs to the nightshade, or Solanaceae, family. The Russet Burbank potato is the most studied potato cultivar in North America. It is an indeterminate variety whose vine is large, vigorous and spreading, and has a late maturation.
The Russet Burbank potato is a highly versatile, starchy potato. It is most widely used for baking and frying, both applications bringing out its best culinary virtues. Russet Burbank potatoes will keep in cool dark storage for up to a month.