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    Question What is wrong with potatoes

    We have bought from various shops - 7 kg. This year there are constant issues. High rate of potato rot (or what ever it is called, bad smell, spreads quickly), many defects in general... Many issues. Has anybody else noted the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jouko View Post
    We have bought from various shops - 7 kg. This year there are constant issues. High rate of potato rot (or what ever it is called, bad smell, spreads quickly), many defects in general... Many issues. Has anybody else noted the same?
    Mostly related to very high rainfall. It brings a host of problems for a potato farmer. Even more so when accompanied by high day temps.
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    Default Re: What is wrong with potatoes

    Potatoes lie in a cold room for months before hitting the shelves in PnP, Checkers ect.
    Woolies seems to get fresher ones and I've see a Woolies bag of potatoes last months in a cold dark pantry.

    Price that the farmer gets is low. He stores them. Prices goes up, he sells those potatoes.

    So by the time we buy them, they might be 4 months old already. So the slightest air and humidity they get, they start to rot.
    We have a big problem down here at the coast where temps inside the houses and garages are high. So the potatoes goes bad quicker.
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    I have heard it all. A Finn complaining about ripe potatoes, but has a bar full of Vodka.

    If Finns were raised as capitalists, they would have been able to connect the dots...
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    The best thing you can do for yourself is to stop eating them all together,

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    Shmear some peanut butter on it
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    Default Re: What is wrong with potatoes

    Been a while since we had decent potato's. Glassy for the most part and simply not nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IcePick88 View Post
    Potatoes lie in a cold room for months before hitting the shelves in PnP, Checkers ect.
    Woolies seems to get fresher ones and I've see a Woolies bag of potatoes last months in a cold dark pantry.

    Price that the farmer gets is low. He stores them. Prices goes up, he sells those potatoes.

    So by the time we buy them, they might be 4 months old already. So the slightest air and humidity they get, they start to rot.
    We have a big problem down here at the coast where temps inside the houses and garages are high. So the potatoes goes bad quicker.
    No way that potatoes can effectively be stored on a farm (although seed potatoes can be, actually has to sit in a cold room for a certain stretch of time). When potatoes ready for the market they go off the farm - low or high prices. Anyhow, the best place for a farmer to store a potato is in the ground. He can buy a week this way or that way by doing this. Once the spuds have been lifted from the soil it is off to market.

    Neither do any of the big chains store potatoes in cold rooms for months. Does not happen.
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    Russians make Vodka out of potatoes - not Finns. Stable food in Finland used to be potato so it was eaten and not made to vodka.

    Just for interest. Average ground temperature in Scandinavia is +4 C and that happens to be ideal storage temperature for potato.

    My original home area is one of the key potato seed producing areas. I should know how a good potato looks, how to store them and how long they should last. This year is the worst ever that I can remember. I just don't know why.

    There is potato called "ship potato". It can be stored for two years. Normal potato around to 10 months.

    Finns did make quite a good killing fields during WW 2 with the help of Afrikaners. Moscow has been occupied once by outside powers Finns are capitalists far more than Russians or even average locals here

    Quote Originally Posted by MANDREAS View Post
    I have heard it all. A Finn complaining about ripe potatoes, but has a bar full of Vodka.

    If Finns were raised as capitalists, they would have been able to connect the dots...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaconell View Post
    No way that potatoes can effectively be stored on a farm (although seed potatoes can be, actually has to sit in a cold room for a certain stretch of time). When potatoes ready for the market they go off the farm - low or high prices. Anyhow, the best place for a farmer to store a potato is in the ground. He can buy a week this way or that way by doing this. Once the spuds have been lifted from the soil it is off to market.

    Neither do any of the big chains store potatoes in cold rooms for months. Does not happen.
    Im just relaying what a large scale potato farmer on Dendron told me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IcePick88 View Post
    Im just relaying what a large scale potato farmer on Dendron told me.
    Fair enough.

    I spend 10 years of my life in the potato industry and my own family are commercial seed and table potato producers. I do not participate in this, I am the pauper in the family - I even have to buy my potatoes🤓. But my info is good.
    Like any fresh produce, potatoes hate varying temps. Enough of that and a healthy potato will rot in days. In the Nothern Hemisphere with constant low temps they have far less challenges than us. Having said that - you should notice a huge improvment in quality as the main crop from the Western Free State and Northern Cape start hitting the shelves roundabouts now.

    Also, a good & healthy good ole' SA potato can compete quality wise with anything in the world. It is just extreme weather that sometimes gets to our crops.

    Upwards from 500 000 pockets of potatoes are hitting our markets daily in SA - no need for the anybody in the supply chain to store them. You will just end up competing with a fresh product.
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    I beg to differ on SA having a comparable potato quality to what I have had in Europe. We are even starved of varieties.

    I categorically state that the potatoes here are shite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    I beg to differ on SA having a comparable potato quality to what I have had in Europe. We are even starved of varieties.

    I categorically state that the potatoes here are shite.
    The one's going to Mcain very good quality. You might get the tail side of it.
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    Peru has 3800 potato varieties, there’s a museum dedicated to them.

    best potato i had was in Rwanda- pinkish skin yellow inside. So full of flavor you hardly need salt.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    I beg to differ on SA having a comparable potato quality to what I have had in Europe. We are even starved of varieties.

    I categorically state that the potatoes here are shite.
    Yet we have many varieties in SA. Mostly Dutch origin. I note your statement though😁, have no idea myself, when abroad I am usually a bit intoxicated by the time my food gets to the table. Seriously, we produce great spuds in SA - maybe the varieties that works well in our conditions produces a different taste? But quality and health wise we are up there with the best.
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    If I remember right the main potato varieties sold in main line shops is 7. There are actually hundreds in the world. Home growers tend to use different varieties. You get such also on small markets. Some are really nice. At present it is very difficult to find any info on 7 kg packet what is inside and for what purpose that variety is meant for. SWAMBO said that Checkers have this info on 3 kg packets - horribly expensive. She described some of them. Real monsters for chips

    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    I beg to differ on SA having a comparable potato quality to what I have had in Europe. We are even starved of varieties.

    I categorically state that the potatoes here are shite.
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    What happened to varieties like BP1 and Van Der Plank??

    I user to get them when I had a takeaway in Durban almost 20 yrs ago .... Now I never see them.

    They were excellent for fried chips!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karol View Post
    Peru has 3800 potato varieties, there’s a museum dedicated to them.

    best potato i had was in Rwanda- pinkish skin yellow inside. So full of flavor you hardly need salt.
    That's where it's believed they originated from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyBlue42 View Post
    What happened to varieties like BP1 and Van Der Plank??

    I user to get them when I had a takeaway in Durban almost 30 yrs ago .... Now I never see them.

    They were excellent for fried chips!
    Still planted but Darius now preferred together with some other cultivars. It's about yield primarily not excluding quality.
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