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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!

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.

BELRUS. BelRus

BelrusBelRus is a medium – large oblong tubers, heavily russeted dark skin, shallow eyes bonded by smooth white skin, dense flesh. Very early maturity for a Russet. Resistant to disease. Features shallow root system. This variety was bred by USDA/Beltsville, MD from Penobscot x W 39-1, released 1978. Starchy potato variety, excellent for baking and frying.

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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.

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CARIBE SPORT

Caribe_SportCaribe Sport – believed to be a sport of CARIBE (a variety developed by AgriCanada) this plant grows tall vines and features oblong tubers with a flat shape. The skin is medium thick and the flesh cooks dry and flaky with a mild taste, nutty edge. The skin colors are white with a purple striking circle, while the flesh is cream.

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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.

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