I meant to order these a few weeks ago, but didn’t actually do it. Now the order is placed – the day after the discounts ended 🙁 I’m excited about the varieties I found though. Three of the four show resistance to late blight!! I should have had these last year. I got only 4 orders – last year I got 5 and this was a bit too much.
Here are the Moose Tubers’ catalog descriptions:
Irish Cobbler Early. Buff skin, white flesh. Slightly larger than a golf ball, great for roasting or mashing, with a smooth creamy texture. Legend has it that an Irish shoemaker in the northeastern United States selected this variety from plants he grew from an Early Rose seed ball. First cataloged in 1876. Even dug early, Cobblers will store throughout the season. Resistant to mild mosaic and immune to wart. Medium-sized plant has white-tipped lilac flowers.
All Blue Mid-season. Dark purple skin, purple flesh. Russian Blue is another name for this brilliantly loud specialty spud. Keeps its color when cooked, yields aplenty, and stores decently. Mildly resistant to late blight, hollow heart, second growth and shatter bruise. Susceptible to common scab, bacterial ring rot, and golden nematode. Vigorous plants with blue blossoms. LBR.
Butte Late. Medium russet skin, white flesh. For all you fungal watchdogs out there, here is another variety field-resistant to late blight. A fine russeted pattern details the bronzed skin of the mealy white-fleshed Butte. Versatile in the kitchen, try it baked, fried, smashed, hashed, or whatever. All winter long! Released in 1977 from Idaho. Also resistant to common scab, hollow heart, and net necrosis. Produces best with wide spacing (16–18”), fertile soil, and regular watering. LBR.
Green Mountain. Late. Buff skin, white flesh Largely displaced from commercial potato seed circulation, this variety is the number-one pick for blight resistance. An outstanding heirloom that’s also just right for baking; so dig them once and keep the oven on all winter long. Its nice appearance and great flavor don’t fade in storage. Somewhat liable to succumb to pest damage and viral diseases, but show resistance to fusarium storage rot, black leg, and verticillium wilt. LBR.
(LBR means late blight resistance.)
All are new varieties for me except Green Mountain, which I grew last year and loved. It has fantastic crisp pure white flesh and keeps great. Last year I grew a different Russet (Rio Grande) which was great, but picked Butte this year for the LBR. I’ve heard Irish Cobbler recommended for its flavor. And I really looking forward to the blue potatoes to perk things up!