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One of my favorite colors in a potato is red skin/red flesh. However, this seems to be a somewhat rare combination. Most of the potatoes that are supposed to be “red flesh” have produced tubers with pink flesh when grown in my garden. Plants from Skagit Beets TPS have the potential to produce tubers with red skin and red flesh. So far, the plants that I harvested show this to be true. I will be growing more of these TPS next year with the hope of producing tubers that have either more intense red flesh than the #1 plant or a better yield than the #2 plant.
What is your favorite color of potato?
So what is the maximum harvest that can be expected from one TPS plant? I don’t have a final answer for that question but clearly these two Diamond Toro TPS harvests are raising the bar. This is yet another Tom Wagner TPS variety. I really admire all of the work that he has done with potato breeding and highly recommend buying some seeds from him in addition to growing TPS that you can harvest from commonly available potato varieties like Yukon Gold. These plants grew huge and set multiple tubers per stolon, some of which extended over two feet away from the base of the plant.
These two sets of tubers were harvested from a Tom Wagner TPS variety called Pig Knuckles. Both plants produced fingerling shaped tubers which had red skin and some color in the flesh. The golden-pink fleshed tubers had a slightly higher yield and I will be keeping some of these to grow again next year. Potatoes with more intense colors in their flesh are said to contain higher levels of nutrients. I think that intense flesh colors are just prettier and more fun to cook with than the white or pale yellow flesh of most common store bought potatoes. In my experience, flesh color does not affect the flavor very much. A white potato tastes about the same as one with red or blue flesh. In any case, all of the potatoes from the garden taste better than store bought tubers.
I sowed my first batch of TPS seeds for 2015 on March 21. Here they are 10 days later. Same as last fall, the first seedling emerged about one week after sowing. These seedlings are a variety from Tom Wagner called “Skagit Beets.” As the name suggests, this variety is supposed to produce red skinned tubers with pink to red flesh. I’m hoping for dark red fleshed tubers!