- With just one look you can tell this is no ordinary spud. Purple potatoes have dense, moist, bright purple flesh and a smooth mild flavor. Try them boiled, mashed, or in potato salad. They lose a bit of their intense color when they're cooked, but remain a distinct, if pale, purple. They require less cooking time than white varieties.
The Black Dirt Region, spanning southern Orange County, New York and northern Sussex County, New Jersey, is home to family-owned farms situated on thousands of acres of deep, richly organic soil — the result of ancient glaciers melting, river overflow and plant decay. The lush valley is best known for its production of the prized "black-dirt onion," as well as other root vegetables.