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OCTOBER BLUE TPS

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This strain came from Minnesota (Lee Lee B. Jolliffe) – grown from botanical seed a few years ago – it is believed that the original cross NORDIC OCTOBER x AZUL TORO, made by Tom Wagner is now lost. It features a medium thick skin and the flesh is flaky as found in most blue fleshed.
The name OCTOBER mislead me to think of a late season variety. Tom Wagner first grew it in California in the fall. The vines here in Kenosha were done in July. The male parent AZUL TORO is one of the few blue fleshed tubers that features a more “waxy” flesh, cooks firmer.

MERLOT

Merlot

A red flesh and red skinned variety offered by potatogarden.com years ago (ex-Ronniger), a cross of FRENCH FINGERLING x RED GOLD by Verlin Rockey. We have received donated by Joseph-lee Morehouse. My very initial 2016 harvest report looks terrible. Most containers harvested have been at or below half of usual. This one came in at 38oz .. The highest so far – so perhaps not bad!

The red flesh fades a little after cooking. The texture is very flaky and the flavor mediocre too poor. It features a medium thin skin.
It would NOT be a keeper, except for the higher antioxidants levels and the decent yield.
Probably best tasting pan fried than boiled!

RUBY GOLD, aka OAC RUBY GOLD

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Featuring a slightly bitter medium thin red skin, the light yellow flesh cooks creamy. Apparently more starchy than waxy. Probably a good choice for American Fries.  Tom Wagner posted on our Facebook Group Page:  I never found Red Gold to be bitter before but it does have the bitter variety Lenape in the pedigree! The yellow flesh comes from Carota, a Solanum phureja variety which constitutes 1/16 of its makeup. Crimson Red Gold crossed with its half sib Rose Gold doubles up the yellow flesh quite a bit.

RED LUNA

Red_Luna

Another creation of Prof. David Holm at Colorado State University. Medium size, round to oblong tubers, with red skin and DARK yellow flesh.  This variety is a PVP .. we are not allowed to share tubers. (the other 2 are MASQUERADE and MIDNIGHT MOON).
Of the 3 Red Luna produced the smallest yield grown in gardeners.com bags.
It features a very thin skin. The flesh is creamy and buttery .. maybe the best tasting of the three. Seed tubers can be ordered from CV Burpee Seeds.

BLACK MIGNION, aka Cup

 

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A heritage variety, submitted by George Brinson, Carmanville, NL. This variety has been grown in the area, by members of the Brinson family, since 1870. Seems to be the same as Cups – we grow this variety as the Canadian strain to compare with the Brittish strain – in 2010 they will be planted at the same time next to each other to compare (Cup is not growing Tall Vines).

When I first ate a Cup tuber it seemed starchy and falls apart easily, but Black Mignion hold the shape well – still the variety is starchy and dry, with a light earthy flavor, a light hint of chestnut. The skin is thin and keeps a nice color hue after cooking.

More pictures:

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CANDY CANE

Candy_CaneCandy Cane is a variety with wild potato background developed by Hielke DeJong at AgriCanada.  Hielke posted on our Facebook Group page:  Candy Cane was never released as a variety nor was it ever considered for release (at least not by me). A couple of decades ago I sent several of my diploid selections to Dr. Robert Coffin who at that time was the potato breeder at the University of Guelph. Robert just casually put the name Candy Cane on it. It was never evaluated for disease resistance.

The tuber is oblong with red skin and red colored flesh. It features a thin slightly bitter skin and the flesh cooks starchy.  It will fall apart if cooked too long. We recommend to pan fry cut in circles to show off the great flesh colors.

More pictures:

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