Désirée (potato)

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Désirée Potatoes

The Désirée is a red-skinned main crop potato originally bred in the Netherlands in 1962. It has yellow flesh with a distinctive flavour and is a favourite with allotment-holders because of its resistance to drought, and is fairly resistant to disease.[1] 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.

  • 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.