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US: Alaska uni sees green in golden potato

A farmer south of Mount McKinley is growing a potato that the University of Alaska Fairbanks hopes will meet a need for locally grown food and provide a profitable niche for Alaska growers. The potato with red skin and yellow flesh grown by Greg Kalal (kuh-LAL') could also pay off for the university, which will seek its first-ever plant patent on the vegetable.

Researcher Jeff Smeenk (smenk) says the university has been developing novelty varieties of potatoes that could expand sales for Alaska farmers. The university hopes the colorful potatoes could appeal to restaurant chefs or cooks at home. The potato will not appear in stores or farmers markets soon. Kalal says his entire 2011 harvest will be replanted next year, and likely the 2012 harvest as well.


Publication date: 10/11/2011


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