The potato campaign in the region of A Limia, in the Galician province of Orense, is about to come to a close with a harvest totaling 100,000 tons, out of which only 10%, corresponding to the Kennebec variety, has the seal of the Indication Xographic Protexida (IXP) Pataca de Galicia.
The production of protected potatoes, which is marketed mainly in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia, runs out systematically in March or April, so the Regulatory Council of the IXP has been waiting for almost three years for Brussels to authorize the protection of the Fina de Carballo and Agria varieties. The latter, a yellow-fleshed one especially intended for frying, is very abundant in the region of A Limia, so as soon as it is regulated, the Regulatory Council should be able to certify up to 25 million kilos of protected potatoes, making it possible to supply the market for longer.
At present, 70% of the Agria's production goes to the fried foods industry, but as soon as it becomes protected, its use could be diversified, as it can also be consumed cooked and stewed. The Kennebec, although a very popular variety, is not ideal for the catering sector, because "if left for a long time in water, it falls apart." And that does not happen with the Agria, according to the technical director of the organization, Luis Saa.
In the future, it may also be possible for the Kennebec production from the A Mariña area to be used, but for now this region remains suspended, as it has been dealing with the presence of the Guatemalan moth for two years. Production in that region is "pending authorization from the Xunta". The Autonomous Administration will greenlight it "as soon as the moth is no longer found in the traps," says Saa.