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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.

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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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.