When I was in University, I brought a couple of friends out to our farm and we went for a walk in our potato field.
As I was following my friends through the patch, I noticed one potato had developed some small, round, green, tomato-like fruit. I snatched the fruit from the plant and showed my friends the "potato tomatoes".
Now, growing up on the farm and finding fruit on potatoes wasn’t a big deal. However, when I showed my friends the fruit they were absolutely certain I was pulling their legs. No matter how hard I tried to convince them that, yes, potatoes produce seed, they were sure that I had grabbed some green tomato fruit and that I was having a good laugh at their expense!
It wasn’t until a few weeks later (when they weren’t laughing and pointing at me!) that I finally made them realize that potatoes do produce seed. And it’s a good thing that they do, otherwise we wouldn’t have new varieties to enjoy.
This year, thanks to "potato seeds", we have four new varieties for sale. These new varieties are locally grown by a company called "Earth Apples" and include some unique and tasty tubers.
If you are feeling a bit adventurous and want to try some new locally grown potatoes here are a few that are well worth planting:
Gemson – round tuber, cream-white flesh, 20-25 tubers per plant
Labella – round to oval tuber, red skin, 10-12 tubers per plant, highly scab resistant
Purple Magic – kidney shaped, deep purple skin and flesh, 17-20 tubers per plant
Rande’s Golden Gem – round, white flesh, 12-14 tubers per plant, multi-coloured skin
Rosemarie – long oval, red flesh, 28-33 tubers per plant, medium to high scab resistance