Potato growers and industry in Canada gathered at the Fredericton Research and Development Centre for the Potato Selection Release Open House on Wednesday to learn about what new varieties are available for trial that could improve yields and taste — including a new variety that could improve the taste of French fries. The annual potato selection event was hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and gave potato producers the chance to learn about 15 new selections of what researchers are calling “promising potatoes.” The new varieties include five French fry potatoes, two types of spuds for those in the potato chip sector, six fresh market selections, and two potatoes with coloured flesh.
The most popular and intriguing potato was one that has the potential to replace the most popular potato used for French fries — the Russet Burbank. “Our goal is to have the same quality, but in much more improved variety that has less defect, stores well and taste well as well,” AAFC potato breeder and gene resources curator, Benoît Bizimungu, said. More