Perhaps this is your problem? Traditionally potatoes haven't been covered in strong tasting stuff like garlic and chili, mostly just boiled, so we do taste the potatoes just fine, thank you very much. And I would say most do care how the potatoes taste. Like you keep going on about the wine snobs... not being a potatoe aficionado doesn't mean one doesn't care.harryc wrote:Finland and seemingly almost no one seems to care how they taste - except whether they're fried, covered with garlic, chili, etc.
And... we don't have that much of a variety in other vegetables, either. We have orange carrots... and that's it. Onions... not much there either. Tomatoes actually have a bit more of a range nowadays. So it's not surprising that people just buy potatoes of whatever variety that works for whatever they were going to use it for. In my opinion all potatoes sold today are good potatoes, but your mileage apparently varies.