Island Sunshine Potatoes
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Island Sunshine potatoes are a compact tuber with rough yellow skin and dark yellow flesh. Island Sunshine potatoes are characterized as having firm, dry flesh and excel in baked, fried and boiled recipes.
Island Sunshine potatoes are available late summer through the winter months.
The Island Sunshine potato’s botanical name is Solanum tuberosum cv. Island Sunshine. It is a member of the solanaceous, or nightshade, family, along with other popular foods such as eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers. This late season potato is popular with growers due to its high yields, late blight resistance, and excellent storage qualities.
Island Sunshine potatoes are a wonderful ingredient in a well-balanced diet. They are high in vitamins B6 and C, the mineral iron, and dietary fiber. They are also full of potassium, and contain more of the nutrient than the famously potassium-rich banana.
The Island Sunshine potato is a classic all-purpose type that can be mashed, baked, boiled, or fried. Because it has a medium amount of starch compared to the amounts in other potatoes it keeps its shape beautifully after cooking. As a result, Island Sunshine potatoes are a superb choice in stews, chowders, and potato salads.
The Island Sunshine potato was discovered on Prince Edward Island by the Loo brothers, a pair of organic potato farmers. It is the result of an open-pollinated cross between the cultivar “Irene” and a mystery parent. The Loo brothers found this potato in their fields in 1984.
Eastern Canada’s Prince Edward island has a long and rich history of potato farming. The tubers first came to the island by way of the British in the mid-18th century. It didn’t take long for potatoes to become one of the major crops on the island, with some residents subsisting on little more than potatoes and cod for over a year. The potato industry grew to produce more than 100,000 bushels, some of which was shipped as far as the West Indies, until late blight, the famous fungal disease responsible for Ireland’s potato famines, ravaged the island’s crop in 1848. Eventually the industry recovered, and Prince Edward Island is now the number one potato producer in Canada, as well as one of the most important growers of seed potatoes internationally.