Fabled Heirloom Potatoes from the High Andes

In the High Andes, two interesting varieties of potato, Yema de Huevo potato and the clay potato potato, are the most valued and sought after by connoisseurs in South American cookery.

The rare Yema de Huevo potatoes are about the same diameter as an egg yolk, hence the name in Spanish. With such an intense color, the potato is very rich in carotenoids, a nutritional plus that has made it almost iconic among vegetarians and health-food enthusiasts in South America.
Photo by Rob Cardillo