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Kennebec Potatoes

Updated on January 24, 2018

Kennebec potatoes are classified as a medium to the late maturing type of potatoes. They are oval-shaped, with yellow skin and white flesh. The sort was created in the Plant Industry Station at Beltsville and later introduced by a USDA in 1940’s. The vegetation period of this type of potato is 110 – 120 days. Nowadays, they are widely adjusted and they are available in different parts of the world.

This sort is classified in the group Solanium tuberosum and representative of the Solanaceae family. Their specific gene R1 makes them resistant to Potato Virus A, Potato Virus Y, to foliage black blight, phoma rot, net necrosis and etc.

The best condition to grow these potatoes is a fertile soil that is with pH of 6-7. They can be planed from early to the mid-spring season. The plants are usually light green colored, with long leaflets. They begin to appear two weeks after the seeding. Eight to ten weeks after the planting, they are ready to be collected.

Kennebec potatoes are one of the most frequently used types of potatoes. It is widely used in cooking and for processing occasions like Potato chips or French fries. Dispute this, they can be mashed, baked, roasted, grated or however, you prefer it. Their flavor matches perfectly with basil, dill, vanilla, paprika, salt, peanuts, honey, wine, lemons, oranges, chicken and etc.

At home, they should be kept on cool (room temperature is the maximum suitable temperature), dry and dark areas. You shouldn’t keep them in high-temperature places or with bright light because they are most likely to develop the high amount of toxic Solanin, which is a spontaneously appearing alkaloid. After you peel them, the most fitting thing to do is to put them in water and in a refrigerator. They can stay around 5 days like this. These potatoes have the propensity to bruise, and they are responsive to Verticillium Wilt.

They provide vitamins and minerals. Also, these potatoes are gluten-free low-fat.

In a 150 g serving, there are:

  • 108 calories
  • 5 mg Sodium
  • 729 mg Potassium
  • 23 g Total Carbs
  • 3 g Dietary Fibers
  • 4 g Proteins

So, are you having some party this weekend or you are going to picnic? Kennebec potatoes are the best choice for you. French Fries are always a good option to make for hanging out with your friends and family. Their rich and tasty flavor and the low moistures make them perfect option. First, you blanch them, and then you fry them again, so they can get that crispy, golden/yellow look.

Still, you can’t find them easily in the grocery shops. Kennebec potatoes are known as “restaurant potatoes”. But, you can buy the seeds online and plant it at home.


© 2018 Rodna Guguljanova


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