More Ontario potatoes on Ontario plat

Ontario’s potato growers have teamed up with researchers at the University of Guelph to identify new potato varieties that grow well in this province and are both tasty and nutritious to consumers.

The early fresh potato market in Ontario – the first potatoes of the season to come to market, generally in early July – is dominated by round, white potatoes. Very few early red or yellow potato varieties, which have more nutritional value-added potential, are currently available to be grown in Ontario.

“The early fresh market is very valuable, worth about $4 million a year, so we are looking to identify and establish red and yellow varieties for this market that are grown in Ontario, and adapted to the Ontario market and climate,” explains Vanessa Currie, a Research Technician in the University of Guelph Department of Plant Agriculture working on the project, which is supported by the Ontario Farm Innovation Program.


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