Russian Banana fingerling potatoes are small in size and are oblong, slender, and crescent in shape, averaging 6-7 centimeters in length. The skin is khaki-colored with many light brown spots freckled across the surface and a few, medium-set eyes. The skin is also waxy, exceptionally smooth, and so thin that it is rarely peeled. The yellow to gold flesh is soft, dense, and moist. When cooked, Russian Banana fingerling potatoes are fluffy and have a full-bodied, buttery, and nutty taste.
The Russian Banana fingerling cultivar was developed in Europe’s Baltic region in the 1700’s. Russian sailors then brought this small potato to North America via the ports of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and British Columbia. Once it arrived on the continent, it became highly regarded and an essential staple in North American cuisine. Today Russian Banana fingerling potatoes can be found at grocers and markets across Europe and North America.