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 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
  • Secondaries few
  • Buds/flowers: Buds large, red-purple on hairy stalks, flowers red-violet fading to white