Red Norland

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Potato 'Red Norland'
SpeciesSolanum tuberosum
Hybrid parentage'Norland' x unknown
Cultivar'Red Norland'
OriginNorth Dakota, USA after 1957

Red Norland is a red, early-maturing potato.[1] Smaller tubers (B and C size) are commonly sold as “baby reds” and this variety is often served boiled or in potato salads.[1] The progenitor variety, 'Norland', was released by the North Dakota Agricultural College in 1957. Since the release of 'Norland', other darker red skinned variants were selected, most notably 'Red Norland' and 'Dark Red Norland'.[2] None of these three varieties is under plant variety protection. The darker red strains are now widely grown, and 'Norland' is rarely grown. 'Norland' and its selections are widely adapted, but have relatively low to intermediate yields.

Botanical Feature[edit]

  • Medium large with medium thick prominently angled stems and determinate growth
  • Dark red skin and white flesh
  • Slightly closed, medium to large medium green leaves and green petioles
  • Green, slightly swollen nodes have green inter-nodes and waved wings
  • Ovate leaflets are acutely lobed and asymmetrical
  • Purple flowers with medium to large sized yellow anthers
  • Flowers have abundant pollen
  • Tubers have an oblong, slightly flattened shape with a smooth texture and shallow eyes
  • Tubers have low specific gravity and are good for boiling and salads, but not for processing into chips or fries or for baking

Agricultural Feature[edit]


  1. ^ a b Paul R. Wonning Gardener's Guide to Growing Potatoes in the Vegetable Garden: Growing a potato garden for beginners or veterans (2015), p. 27, at Google Books
  2. ^ Waterer, D.; Elsadr, H.; Mcarthur, M. L. (2011). “Skin Color, Scab Sensitivity and Field Performance of Lines Derived from Spontaneous Chimeras of Red Norland Potato”. American Journal of Potato Research 88: 199–206