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Agria potatoes are large and oblong, with a pale, yellow skin. The semi-smooth skinned potato has only a few, shallow eyes. Agria's firm and floury flesh is a deep yellow color. The flesh has a smooth consistency, despite being starchy, and does not develop black marks after exposure. Agria potatoes are said to have an "old fashioned potato" flavor and are considered to be one of the more flavorful potatoes available in the market.
Agria potatoes are available in the fall months.
Agria potatoes are a variety of Solanum tuberosum that was developed for its high yield and resistance to disease and blight. The German potato variety is the result of a deliberate cross between Quarta and Semlo varieties of S. tuberosum. Agria potatoes are very popular throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, and are known for their superior taste and the fact that they don’t discolor when raw or cooked.
Agria potatoes are a good source of fiber, vitamins C and B, and its yellow flesh contains some antioxidant benefits. The nutritional value of Agria potatoes are higher when the skin is left on the potato during cooking and consumption.
Agria potatoes are well-suited to baking, frying and boiling. They are considered “floury” by the potato industry and are often marketed as a good French fry potato. Agria potatoes can be used in place of any other potato variety, whether boiled, roasted or fried. This variety is ideal for mashing and baking as well, as they do not absorb much excess water. Dice Agria potatoes and toss with diced peppers and onions for breakfast potatoes or julienne for thin fries. Agria potatoes will store in a cool, dark environment for up to a month. Refrigerating the potatoes will change its flavor.
Agria potatoes are more commonly found in the United Kingdom and in Europe, where they are highly populat. They can also be found in New Zealand and Canada to a lesser extent.
Agria potatoes were developed in Luneburg, Germany in the mid-1980s by an agricultural company called Kartoffelzucht Bohm. The potatoes were selected for their yield and for their marketability. Agria potatoes were first introduced to Canada in 1997, but still have not gained as much popularity as they have in Europe.