Désirée

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Potato
Desiree
Desiree potato.jpg
Maincrop
Suitable for:
  • Potato Wedges
  • Jacket Potatoes
  • Chips
  • Boiling
  • Mashing
  • Roasting
Waxy/Floury Scale
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Waxy
Floury
Colours
Skin Flesh
Plant Data
Resistances:
Low
High
Late blight on foliage:
· · · 4 · · · · ·
Late blight on tubers:
· · · · 5 · · · ·
Powdery scab:
· · · · · · 7 · ·
Blackleg:
· · · 4 · · · · ·
Common scab:
· · · 4 · · · · ·
Potato cyst nematode:[1]
· 2 · · · · · · ·
Potato cyst nematode:[2]
· 2 · · · · · · ·
Potato leaf roll virus
· · · 4 · · · · ·
Potato virus Y
· · · · · · 7 · ·
Bruising
· · · · 5 · · · ·
Splitting
· · · · 5 · · · ·
References: [3]

The Désirée is a red-skinned main crop potato originally bred in the Netherlands in 1962. It has a red skin and yellow flesh with a distinctive flavour.[4] It is a favourite with allotment-holders because of its resistance to drought, although it is not well suited to organic growing. It is a versatile, fairly waxy variety which is firm and holds its shape and useful for all methods of cooking; from roasting to mashing and salads.

Its recent popularity in the UK is attributed to TV chef Delia Smith.

  • Habit: Medium height, later spreading
  • Foliage: Medium to dark grey-green. Strong purple colour throughout plant.
  • Stems numerous, purple.
  • Leaf rigid, open, slightly arched.
  • Leaflets oval, pointed.
  • Secondaries few.
  • Buds/Flowers: Buds large, red-purple on hairy stalks. Flowers red-violet fading to white.

Examples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Potato Cyst Nematode (Globodera pallida Pa 2/3, 1)
  2. Potato Cyst Nematode (Globodera rostochiensis Ro1)
  3. (2010). Desiree. The British Potato Variety Database. Retrieved: 2010-07-28.
  4. British Potato Council. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  • Romans, Alan. The Potato Book. London: Frances Lincoln. ISBN 0-7112-2479-x.
  • Barker, Alex; Mansfield, Sally. Potatoes. London: Lorenz Books. ISBN 0-7548-1090-9.
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