Russet Burbank potato

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Organic Russet-Burbank potatoes.
Idaho russet potatoes.

The Russet potato is a large potato with dark brown skin and few eyes. Its flesh is white, dry, and mealy, and it is good for baking, mashing, and french fries.[1] It is a common and popular potato.[2]

To improve the disease resistance of Irish potatoes, Luther Burbank selected the potato that became known as the Burbank. It was not patented because plants such as potatoes that are propagated from tubers were not granted patents in the United States.[3] The Idaho nickname is after the U.S. state, a leading growing region. In Canada, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Manitoba produce potatoes (2013).

Varieties with high levels of starch are most suited to baking and mashing.[4] The UK generally uses the Maris Piper variety.[5]

International Fast Food Restaurant Chains[edit]

Fast Food giants like Mc Donalds uses Russet Burbank Potato for its size that gives french fries long and thin pieces making them ideal for french fries(chips). Presently, McDonald's top supplier is the Russet Burbank. The Russet Burbank is quite an expensive variety as it consumes a massive amount of water and grows in a longer time duration as compared to the other potatoes, while it also requires large amounts of pesticides but the fact that it is very easy to store and the taste and texture is ideal for french fries as per the food giants. The only dissension and controversy appeared after a research on russet burbank potato which says that the potato has large amounts of pesticides and has a short shelf life.[6] [7]