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The new low carb potato taking New Zealand by storm

A New Zealand low-carbohydrate potato has been on the market for just three weeks, but is already proving to be a major success. T & G Global say they discovered the new variety, which has been labelled the Lotato™, by chance. “It was bred in Holland by cross pollinating two existing varieties of potatoes,” Executive General Manager Andrew Keaney said. “They were cross pollinated because they were high yielding, they had really good appearance and really good flavour. As a natural occurrence, quite by chance, it was found they were 40 per cent lower in carbs. When we compare the Lotato™, we compare with two commonly known varieties which is the Agria and the Rua potato. They weren’t specifically bred to be low carb, it was just by chance.” More

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