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UPDATE: Idaho Potatoes

September 02, 2016

2016-2017 New Crop Norkotahs and Burbanks

  • Markon First Crop Norkotah Potatoes are available
  • New crop Norkotahs are the sole variety on the market; storage crop Burbank supplies were depleted this week
  • Limited quantities of fresh-run, packer label Burbanks will be available the first week of October; the bulk of new crop Burbanks will be placed in storage for the upcoming season
  • The Burbank stocks that are placed in storage will undergo the sweat process in order to shed excess moisture after being harvested
  • The sweat process lasts approximately three to four weeks or until potatoes cure sufficiently
  • After the sweat process is complete, skins will have a smooth, net-like appearance
  • Burbank potatoes that have gone through the sweat will be available for shipment the first week of November 

2016-2017 New Crop White Russets

  • Temperatures have been ideal so far during the White Russet growth phase; very good quality and high yields are forecast
  • New crop White Russet harvesting will begin in mid- to late September
  • White Russet potatoes will go through the sweat process before shipment
  • Growers will start shipping in late October and continue through early September 2017 or when supplies are depleted (whichever comes first)
  • Storage supplies were depleted by mid-July this year; growers increased acreage for the 2016-2017 season by 30% to extend the storage season
  • The White Russet possesses unique characteristics
  • Internal tissues remain white when cut or peeled, while conventional Russet potatoes begin to darken once exposed to air/oxygen
  • These qualities enable efficiencies in the kitchen:
  • Chefs do not have to soak potatoes in citric acid or sulphates
  • Kitchen shrink is reduced
  • Black spots and bruising caused by handling is reduced up to 45%
  • Acrylamide is reduced 50% to 80% when baked or fried at high temperatures; studies show that acrylamide has caused cancer in animals when exposed at very high doses

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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