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. It is a versatile, fairly waxy variety which is firm and holds its shape, and is 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
Buds/flowers: Buds large, red-purple on hairy stalks, flowers red-violet fading to white