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Prairie Blush Potatoes
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Prairie Blush potatoes are round or slightly oblong. Their smooth, golden to light brown skin is blushed with splashes of rosy pink and a slight spattering of shallow eyes. The inner flesh is smooth and firm with a light golden hue. Prairie Blush potatoes are celebrated for their exceptional flavor and texture, similar to the Yukon Gold, and are moist and dense with a buttery, rich taste when cooked.
Prairie Blush potatoes have a limited availability year-round with a peak season in the fall and early summer.
The Prairie Blush potato, botanically classified as Solanum tuberosum ‘Prairie Blush,’ is a variant of the Yukon Gold and is becoming well known for its exceptional flavor, texture, and adaptability to organic growing conditions. This relatively new bi-colored variety is currently available exclusively from Wood Prairie Farm in Maine.
Prairie Blush potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium.
Prairie Blush potatoes are best suited for cooked applications such as boiling, roasting, and frying. They can be cooked with the skin removed or skin on to showcase their unique rosy coloring. Prairie Blush potatoes can also be sliced into rounds, wedges, or sticks and baked or fried to make fries, hash browns, and chips. Prairie Blush potatoes pair well with hard cheeses, fish, salted butter, bacon, cabbage, garlic, horseradish, lemon, mint, rosemary, onion, peas, truffle, lamb, and chicken. Prairie Blush potatoes store well and will keep up to 3 to 4 weeks in a cool, dry, and dark location.
The Prairie Blush potato is a relatively new variety but has already received numerous accolades. It was granted the Green Thumb Award as one of the top 6 plants introduced in 2009 by the Mailorder Gardening Association. The Prairie Blush is receiving recognition for its excellent storage ability, hardiness, dense texture, and rich flavors.
The Prairie Blush potato was developed by Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm in Aroostook County, Maine in the early 2000s. Gerritsen first discovered the potato growing as a chance clonal variant on a hillside field of Yukon Gold potatoes. After seven years of organic field trials, the Prairie Blush was put on the market for both home and commercial growers. Today, Prairie Blush potatoes can be found in home gardens, farmers markets, and some grocers in the United States.