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Opopeo – a very tall (7') grain amaranth from the Mexican state of Michoacan; despite its provenance it matures reliably for me here in the Western Maine Mountains, due to the seeds ability to withstand early fall frosts; though it is largely mature by 9/21, I usually leave it in the field until mid-Oct., then hang the cut plants like tobacco in a shed to further dry the stalks which are extremely stout; there is often snow on the ground when I finally thresh it by treading heavily on the stalks. I can shorten the drying time by cutting the stalks at least 2-3' high and lop off any lower branches and hang them separately, avoiding the huge succulent lower stalk (which maybe could be sent to the veneer mill?); seriously, I always plant them with dry pole beans (like Orlando's) for an extra crop (the beans yield only 75% of what they would yield on bare poles, but that's EXTRA). I usually start the amaranth in pots inside in early May and set them out around 6/1, at which time I stick the beans in around them; the amaranth needs the head start so bean beans don't over-climb them. This method doesn't work well with commercial amaranth varieties like Plainsman which are too short. The amaranth seed is very tiny and hard; when I use it as flour I have to grind it four times through my hand-mill – fortunately it's pretty fast; we use it mainly in waffles or mixed in porridge with corn, malt meal and other stuff
Gardener's Sweetheart – a cross of Royal Chico (a det. Paste) on Gardener's Delight (an old English cherry tomato). Gardener's Sweetheart has the very rich flavor of G.D. Without the latter's propensity for cracking; also more solid flesh, attractive heart-shape and bodacious yield (needs trellis). I released this one a few years ago and it is already commercially available.
squash (C. pepo)
Costata Romanesca - “Ribbed Roman” –the most popular zucchini in Italy; fruits are still quite usable even when a bit overgrown, though they eventually become prize-winning humungous when seed-mature (); great for stuffing, rich flavour and texture appeals to many people who are indifferent to zucchini; it's the zucchini to eat when you're hungry and not just thirsty.
Volovske – a naked seeded pumpkin from Macedonia; a truly three-purpose pumpkin, but not in the usual sense: the seeds are fully hull-less, dark green, plump and oily, the dark yellow flesh is coarse and sweet; though not suited for jackolanterns, the outer shell is thich and woody, like spaghetti squash only more so; if sawn in half and the steamed flesh is scooped out, the remaining shell can be dried out and used as a fancy serving bowl for bread, etc. (we stuff the empty shell with crumpled newspapers while drying so it doesn't deform. Large dark green fruits turn somewhat yellow in storage, most fruits are slightly flattened and heavily ribbed with attractive mottling, 10-12” in dia.; a bit late here in zone 4, but reliable if started in 4” peat pots.
Dystaena takesimana - "Wild Celery", "Korean Pig Plant" –a rare perennial (I offer seed) endemic to Ullung Island off Korea; edible and highly nutritious, I find it's flavour a bit strong though nothing like (ugh!) lovage – i've only tried it raw, never steamed; supposedly very valuable for forage, especially in very early spring. Collected by my late friend Prof. Elwyn Meader during the post-war occupation of Korea; he claimed it produced more valuable fodder per-acre than alfalfa; also very valuable as a nectiary.
Acadia Russet – from Ag Canada, large tubers
Ackersegen – o.s AUT/AR-N; cross of Hindenberg x Allerfruheste Gelbe (Earliest Yellow); late maturity, good yield, good keeper
All-Red - "Cranberry Red", "Huckleberry"– round tubers, dark red skin, drought and scab res., good keeper
Angelina Mahoney's Blue – o.s. ONT-CAA; Canadian heirloom, blue skin/wh. flesh
Atlantic – rel. by USDA in1978, cross of Wauseon x Lenape, white skin and flesh, used for chipping
Augusta – despite sharing its name with my state's capital, this is from Germany, high yld., yellow with pink eyes, keeps well
Aura – from France, cross of Ostbota x Rosa, compact set of yellow tubers, good keeper
Austrian Crescent – there are more than one Austrian Crescent, not all the same clone, a.k.a. Kipfel, et al., popular in Hot Potato Salad
Avon – from AgCanada, a multigenerational cross with Katahdin as the female parent each time
Belle de Fontenay – from France in 1885, early yellow smooth elongate tubers
Bevelander – Netherlands; Bravo x Preferent, oval yellow tubers
Bintje – o.s. ONT-CAA, Netherlands; bred in 1904 by Frisian schoolmaster K. L. DeVries from a cross of Muntersen x Fransen, and named for one of his students (Bintje is a diminutive form of Benedict), versatile including chipping, multiple disease res., very widely grown and eaten in Netherlands.
Black Russian – o.s. ALB/HA-E, dark blue skin (and flesh, I think)
Blue Shetland – blue skin/ye. flesh
Blue Tom Cat – o.s.ALB/HA-E, late, roundish,
Bora Valley – there are several “Valley” varieties (e.g. Gui Valley), which seem to be bred a Korean guy who isn't necessarily connected to Valley Seeds; anyway this one is really curious: the first time I tried to boil it, after an hour it was still pretty hard; I later learned that Koreans often use potatoes shredded raw into salads, so who knows...?
Cain's Irish Rocks – it seems like EVERY Canadian who grows and saves potato seed has the annoying habit of naming his variety after someone else, I suppose to honour that person (who in no case is the original breeder) but creating endless confusion, as if there weren't enough already; anyway this one is synonymous with Irish Rocks
Canso – o.s. ONT/CAA, released by AgCanada in 1951, a cross of S.demissum x Earlaine, wh. skin/wh. flesh
Caribe – released by AgCanada in 1981, for export to the Caribbean; round tubers, lt. Purple with white flesh
Carole – a very popular variety among yellows and for good reason, although Granola keeps better
Castile – sometimes listed as a synonym for Beltsville, but that may just be where it was developed; released in 1991; a cross of Peconic x F107-30; good yields of blocky white tubers
Cherokee – a joint release of IA and IN; good yld. Of blocky wh. tubers
Chieftain – (check back later for notes)
Chiloe Ancud – from the island of that name off the Chilean coast, known for harsh weather
Chipeta – joint release in 1993 by CO and ID; large oblong white tubers, rough skin though not russet. For or chipping, productive with low inputs, incl. nitrogen and water
Climax – Netherlands, cross of Bintje x Record; good yld. of large smooth lt yellow tubers
Congo – released about 1910, since which time it has acquire MANY synonyms ( many identified by a DNA analysis project at AgCanada in Frederickton NB, among them: B.C. Blue, Sharon.s Blue, All-Blue, Blue Marker, Purple Marker, etc., etc. Moreover, many all-blue varieties which are NOT synonyms were nevertheless derived from that. Purple skin with purple flesh
Cosima – from Germany, a cross of (Sabina x Voran) x (MPI41-969-377 x Flava)
Craig's Snowwhite – Scottish variety with oblong white tubers
Croft - from Scotland; a cross of 2895-6 x Pentland Dell, oval tubers with cream skin and flesh
Cupids – bred in Newfoundland from N150-3 x Wauseon, released in 1965, res. To wart ( a major problem in Newfoundland), high yld., good keeper, high dry matter.
Drayton – from UK; a cross of Red King Edward x Maris Piper; partly red skin with lt. yellow flesh
Elba – Cornell U., late, disease res., round white, good baker
Feltwell – (check back later for notes)
Fina de Carballo – o.s. Cornell, originally from either Spain or South America; a cross of Edelgard x Ackersegen; lt.yellow tubers with good scab res.
Fortuna – (check back later for notes)
Fundy – from Nova Scotia, released in1960, cross of Keswick x USDA seedling 96-56, early white skin and flesh, late blight res.
Gladstone – a cross of 1682 x F4834; good res. to blight, even by today's standards; very popular in Ireland, probably no coincidence since Wm Gladstone was a great supporter of Irish independence, as was my great-grandpa who served in the British occupation of Ireland and was a big Gladstone fan. The variety is also notable in expressing a “mericlinal chimera” whereby the white-splashed pink tubers are underlain by darker red pigment about the eyes, sometimes making the tubers all red
Grand Falls – from NB, released in 1960's, bred as “industrial variety” for starch production, but also has excellent cooking qualities including chips and fries.
Greta – Canada, Magnum Bonum x Unica, round white, deep eyes, some russeting
Harley Blackwell – a round white chipping variety bred in FL for the Southeast growing conditions
Heidzel Blue – o.s. ONT/CAA, light purple with white flesh; DNA analysis indicates that this is the same clone as Bodega Red, not as improbable as it looks, since it's neither very blue nor very red and of course soils make a difference
Hindenberg – Germany, a cross of Ismene x Jubel, good yld. Of lt. yellow tubers
Huayro – Peruvian landrace; in the past this one has yielded very poorly for me, I suspected a day-length issue, however having recently re-accessioned the clone from a clean source it seems to yield okay, so probably virus-infection in the old one?
Igarota – (check back later for notes)
Karina – (check back later for notes)
Kerr's Pink – an old Scottish variety, across of Fortyfold x Smith's Early; good yield of lt. purple tubers with darker purple eyes, irregular shape, cream-coloured flesh
Kifli – o.s. AUS/AR-N, probably a synonym for Austrian Crescent and like that probably a “type” rather than a clone.
King Harry – a multiple-species cross having stick hairs to deter pests; named by my friend Jim Gerritsen. Reputedly a vast taste improvement on Prince Hairy
Kroop Nebber – Netherlands
Laram Ajanhuiri – plain Ajanhuiri is both a Solanum specie designation and a variety which is purple, so i'm just suspecting that Laram may mean something like white, which is sort of is.
La Ratte – same as Ratte; small curved yellow tubers prized by gourmet chefs, hence the high price in the market, plus low yld.
LaRouge – from LA; good early yield of large red tubers with wh. flesh
La Veine Rose – (aka La Belle Rose), elongate pink tubers with red eyes
Lehigh – bred by Penn State, Cornell, and Ume from a cross of Keuka Gold x Pike, released in 2007, yellow flesh, chips better than most yellows.
Lemhi Russet – released 1980, lare, block, more solids than Burbank Russet.
Magic Molli – I believe this was bred and released by Bill Campbell of Alaska, named for his daughter Molly; I rec'd it spelled this way, which may or may not be correct; I mean, anything I ever got from Bill is of the highest quality, but his spelling is often creative, so...?
Marine – from France, Aminca x O'Sirene
Marcy – from Cornell U.; a cross of Atlantic x Q155-3; a good yielding chipper; Mt. Marcy is the highest point in New York state
Maris Bard – one of the Maris series from UK; oblong white tubers
Monona – bred in Maine, which is curious since Monona is in WI; selected from a 1953 cross of Katahdin selfed x Chippewa selfed, named by Frito-Lay;oblong white tubers
Multa – o.s. ALB/HA-E, from NLD, a cross of (Oberarnbacher Fruhe) x (Redord x CPC 1673-1)
Nagore – a beautiful and productive variety for me, pink-orange tubers with smooth skin; Desiree x Baraka; supposedly from Spain, though Nagore is a place in south India.
Natascha – Germany; Marabel x 91-050-4, long oval, shallow eyes, deep yellow skin and flesh
Nevskij – white, thin smooth skin, shallow eyes
Olalla – from SpValenciana, white skin and flesh
Ostbote – “East Bothnia”, a region of Finland where many Swedes settled
Palisade – from the Northwest, released in1997, light russeting
Payette – russet type' stores well without “sugaring” (starch converting to sugar in storage or after chilling
Pentland Crown – one of the Pentland series from Scotland; large smooth tubers with cream-coloured flesh
Peruvian Blue – o.s. ALB/HA-E; probably has several synonyms
Pike – released in 1996, jointly by Cornell and Penn State, Allegany x Atlantic, round white tubers
Pirola – o.s. Cornell U; originally from Germany
Poliot – from AgCanada
Push Kinec – (check back later for notes)
Red Isle – from Prince Edward Island (if you've ever been there, you'll get it)
Red Thumb – med.-sized fingerling, red with pink flesh
Santo Amor - “holy love” (mixing theology with potatoes?) – from Brazil, a cross of Konsuragis x Baronesa; oval, lt. yellow tubers
Scotia Blue – Canadian variety, possibly a synonym of Nova Scotia Blue, if so it is also a synonym of Congo and many others
Stobrawa - "Mila", "Gladka" – a Polish industrial variety used for starch to make vodka (i'll bake mine, thank you)
Stotvij – from NGS
Susanna – German variety, to me from NGS; buff skin, white flesh
Talorskij 110 – large yield of block pink tubers
Teena – from Pentlandshire, Scotland, G52991 x Pentland Ivory
Turnover – NGS; good yield of irregular white tubers
For tips on seed saving and gardening, read Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical Self-Reliant Gardening, which offers information on sexual propagation (seed saving) and asexual propagation (grafting, cuttings, etc.).