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NEO PAPAS NATIVAS, grown from RED OX TPS

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The eluding look of Papas Nativas is achieved only at very high altitudes in the Andes above 13000 feet (4000 meter above sea level).  In the Peruvian Altiplano language a group of potato cultivars are called LLUMCHUY WAQACHI, which roughly translates to  “Makes your Daughter-in-Law Cry” – which hints on how difficult peeling would be!

It is extremely difficult to get the traditional high altitude varieties to adapt to the long days summers of North America and Europe.  This botanical seed variety, a seedling of Tom Wagner’s RED OX develops the same NATIVA look at low altitude and North American latitudes.

BLACK MIGNION TPS 2014-1

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BLACK MIGNION TPS 2014-1 -3 -4 … three seedlings grown from botanical seed last year .. see how different!
The yield per bag were in ounces: 36 – 59 – 45

Each variety was grown in am 18″ dia. growing bag (container) to produce the yields stated above.

It will take years to determine if this open pollinated variety is worth saving for future generations.  We are entering this variety at this time to show how TPS (botanical seed) seedlings may develop very different tubers.  In 2014 we started 5 seeds harvested from a BLACK MIGNION VINE several years ago.

Only three of the five seedlings survived transplanting and produced tubers.  See the picture of the first micro tubers harvested in 2014 for strain -3 vs -4 – you could already see the difference then … but once replanted in 2015 the differences became even more evident.

Also interesting feature to observe in the future:  strain 2014-4 grows very vigorous vines which could display strong resistance to Late Blight.  Of the three strains the last (-04) has the most interesting flavor, as it cooks less flaky, with a strong nutty taste.

More pictures:
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