Desiree potato seed is a long oval variety high yielding, medium to large red skinned tubers. A heavy cropper with pale yellow flesh and floury texture.
It's probably just about the worlds most popular red skinned potato - probably helped here in the UK by positive comments from our much loved celebrity cook Delia Smith. Has good all round cooking qualities.
Good drought resistance but susceptible to potato cyst nematode, spraing, mosaic viruses and can become mis-shapen on wet heavy soils.
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Waxy potatoes are firmer and hold their shape. Floury potatoes are softer and break up more easily. The potato varieties mentioned on this web site are suggestions only and there are many more available.
1 is WAXY and 9 is FLOURY
Texture 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The numbers given for pest or disease susceptibility or resistance are to be read as indicators. Factors like soil, crop maturity and skin thickness can affect the outcome of these readings - they are only a guide... don't get hung up.
1 is Susceptible and 9 is Resistant
Blt 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
CS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
PCN Susceptible Resistant Partially Resistant
Blt = Potato Blight
CS = Common Scab
PCN = Potato Cyst Nematode