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Spain: New potato varieties for extreme climates

Staff Writer | February 28, 2017
Pepsur Marketing, a subsidiary of Pan European Potato Enterprise Limited, has developed several new varieties (Tornado, Fandango, Gatsby, La Strada, and Sunset) especially for the producing areas of Spain and (Gatsby, La Strada, and Sunset) Portugal.
La Strada
Pepsur Marketing   La Strada adapts to extreme climates
The new Tornado variety is one of the outstanding early varieties. It has a bright red skin, white meat, and can be grown in extreme drought conditions and high temperatures, it is also very resistant to the common scab.

"Since it produces many tubers, we suggest planting it at a bigger distance than usual to get good yields," said David Sanchez, Pepsur's Technical Director of Marketing. "It is ideal for baking and frying," he added.

After two years of testing in experimental fields, La Strada, a new early variety that is characterized by producing large tubers, will be marketed this year.

"80% of the La Strada potatoes that we harvested were bigger than 70 mm and had 0% internal defects," said David Sanchez, "it is an interesting variety for producers seeking large sizes."

La Strada adapts to extreme climates and tolerates drought. "The tests performed on this variety in experimental fields in Egypt, and Seville and Murcia in Spain, have had positive results. It is also adapts to more northern regions, such as Galicia and Castilla León in Spain, and Lisbon in Portugal.