Spud Lovers: University of Maine has Unveiled a New Variety of Potato
It's the news spud lovers were waiting for! The University of Maine has developed a brand new variety of potato!
According to the Associated Press, the University of Maine has announced the 'Pinto Gold' potato. U. Maine's potato breeding program leader describes it as a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety. Gregory Porter, who leads the breeding program, says the potato will be especially well suited to roasting.
Porter says the new variety is adapted to cool, northern growing areas. Northern Maine is home to the state's potato country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state was in the Top 10 potato producing states in the country in 2016.
Seed samples were first sent to organic growers for small-scale production in 2012. The Pinto Gold is the fourth potato variety released by University of Maine since 2014.