New potatoes are small, freshly harvested young potatoes with thin skins and a waxy texture. They have a higher moisture content than older potatoes, so they tend to be sweeter. They keep their original shape during the cooking process, making them ideal for use in potato salads.
New potatoes are displayed shortly after harvest, lending them a slightly dirty appearance. It is recommended not to wash them before storing, as water causes them to bruise and soften sooner. They are best kept in a paper bag or loosely wrapped plastic in the refrigerator. Due to their high moisture content, new potatoes do not last as long as older varieties, and therefore should be used within a few days of purchase.