Talk:Russet Burbank potato

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Availability in UK[edit]

Does anyone know if you can get these in the UK, i'd like to get some for french fries? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.135.161.162 (talk) 20:24, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

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Picture[edit]

Why are the potatoes in the picture all gross and scaly looking? I have some Russet potatoes with me and they look nothing like that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.244.84.247 (talk) 16:32, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, are they being baked or something? What is up with them? Quite unrepresentative.J1.grammar natz (talk) 03:57, 28 January 2011 (UTC)
I think that is because the russet potatoes dont always look the same. Sometimes you can get nice looking ones and they look good to eat, but sometimes they are bad,or have sugar ends and they just look bad. If that helps. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CoreyHart (talkcontribs) 19:55, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
They're not "gross" and scaly looking. That's how they usually appear when the skin is thoroughly washed and slightly damp. The Russet Burbank potatoes in stores are completely dry and have traces of dust and soil still on them, giving them a more uniform, grayish appearance. — QuicksilverT @ 06:12, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

McDonalds[edit]

I heard these are the preferred potatoes of McDonalds, which I believe is by far the largest potato buyer in the world. Which makes these the most grown potato variety. Or something like that. Anyways, it seems like there should be some sort of mention of McDonalds in relation to this potato. 220.76.15.122 (talk) 18:04, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

As a former senior manager for McDonald's NZ I can confirm that this the worldwide potato of choice for the company — Preceding unsigned comment added by 125.237.1.117 (talk) 03:28, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Move?[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: not moved. Despite their not using the conventional format, we seem to have two valid oppose votes, so clearly no consensus. See below also. Andrewa (talk) 00:38, 4 January 2014 (UTC)


  • Looking to move to the common name. Thargor Orlando (talk) 16:34, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
  • But is it the only potato variety which is russet in color? Anthony Appleyard (talk) 21:10, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
    • No. It also isn't the only potato variety with "russet" in its name. This page[1] about different Russet cultivars describes 42 that have the word "Russet" in their name, along with many other russets. "Russet Burbank" is just one of those 42. Our article under discussion here, describing the specific cultivar called "Russet Burbank", should remain here since reliable sources call it that. Russet potato should be a separate page that describes in general terms what a russet potato is, and perhaps lists some of the different cultivars. First Light (talk) 21:01, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Agree with First Light, the russet skin is a particular genetic trait that could be combined with very different characteristics of the potato flesh. Burbank's potato has quite a bit of history associated with it, but as far as I can tell the original has died out and the russet variant is what is now grown. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 22:42, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Support, per WP:COMMONNAME and WP:PRIMARYTOPIC. This article's topic appears to be the potato that is most commonly called the "Russet potato". While there may be other varieties of russet color, unless they are also commonly called "russet potato" in reliable sources with sufficient frequency, and until they have articles on WP, they're not relevant here. The fact that Russet potato already redirects to this article demonstrates this is the primary topic. --B2C 20:27, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

Article scope[edit]

Whether moved or not, the article needs work.

One option is to rescope it to all potato varieties that are referred to as the russet potato. It's halfway there now, there seem to be images of two different varieties. [2]

Alternatively, and in view of the current redirect from russet potato, perhaps we should have a section on other russet potatoes. There seem to be good sources for such material. That would be my suggestion for now, and see how it develops along those lines. Andrewa (talk) 00:50, 4 January 2014 (UTC)