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Canada: Potatoes main course at Lethbridge Research and Development Centre open house

On Wednesday, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) gave southern Albertans the chance to check out the latest 16 new varieties of potatoes being released this year at a Potato Selection Release Open House at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. A few include the pink spud and the french fry super performer. According to AAFC, one is a potato that not only stands out on the plate but is a nutritional standout. It’s dark pink flesh and red skin is rich in antioxidants. Another could be a french fry lover’s dream, allowing farmers to increase yields of the type of potato used by fry processors by as much as 35 per cent – when compared with the industry stalwart Russet Burbank. AAFC stated the selections were narrowed down from more than 120,000 hybrid seedlings grown and tested and measured over six years. More

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