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RUBY GOLD, aka OAC RUBY GOLD

Ruby_Gold

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.

LUMP D’ORO

Lump_DoroA variety selected by Wendy Montanez from Tom Wagner’s TPS, a cross of NORDIC LUMPER x OP.  Wendy tells me: All my TPS are Open pollinated! I can only say that this offspring is from Lumper Nordic. I suspect the male donor to be Skagit Valley Gold. After consulting with Tom he told me that Lumper Nordic, he though that had Lumper and Nordic October as parents, and since I was reporting yellow flesh I concluded that my assumption had some validity. The tuber features are flattened round with smooth pink skin and yellow flesh, as shown in that picture it has a depressed area on the eyes, it’s susceptible to scab, flowers pink/mauve, tall plant, sends lots of secondary stems, potatoes does not mature all at once, fast cook times.

The tubers store very well.

YELLOW DOG

Yellow_DogThis is a Doug Strong TPS selection from POOR DOG, a variety created by Tom Wagner as a cross of PIRAMPO (phureja) and KHUCHI AKITA (stenotomum).  Phureja type potato is selected for flavor – but unfortunately has very poor storage, as it tends to re sprout even before harvesting.  Stenotomum type potato has excellent storage.  This cross is an attempt to obtain great flavor with better storage.

Both types are Diploid (24 chromosomes) – we grow Yellow Dog in the EXOTIC batch to promote open pollinated crossings.  This variety produces seed berries profusely, but diploid flowers need diploid pollen, but is unlikely to self pollinate.  It helps to have several diploid varieties grown close by.  Bumble bees will do the job.

 

 

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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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AGGIE GOLD

Aggie_GoldAggie Gold  Medium-large oval to oblong tubers with yellow skin and flesh. Bred by Tom Wagner who named it probably as a sibling of Aggie Red. The vines produce seed berries.  Very impressive first year production. 4 starting tubers produced 159 oz (one ounce short of 10 pounds0 which is exceptional for one bag production, 87 tubers, mostly mini and above 2 oz, just 2 micro.

More pictures:

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