Types: Klondike Rose Proprietary Potatoes

Subject: Klondike Rose Proprietary Potatoes
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking
From: rory_ca2 at yahoo.com (Rory)
Date: 13 Nov 2003 08:41:58 -0800
My local supermarket has just started selling a potato called Klondike Rose. Apparently this potato was developed in Germany and is proprietary, meaning that it can be grown only under license. In North America, the potato is being grown in Washington State and Canada. In the US, it is being marketed by Potandon Produce under the Green Giant label.

Has anyone tried this potato? Does it, as the producers claim on their packaging, have a distinctive flavour?
From: Hecate100 (mothernightshade at at at notsohotmail.com)
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 12:38:51 -0600
Haven't tried them, but that kind of legal balderdash would make me almost immediately plant a few in my back yard. ;^)

Love & Laughter,
From: Gloria Puester (puester at worldnet.att.net)
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 22:28:31 GMT
Yu could always buy a bag (small investment) and let us know....
From: Alan Zelt (alzelFINNFAN at tworldnet.att.net)
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 04:08:00 GMT
I guess it depends on what part of Washington you live. In the Seattle area, we have three very distinctive types that are probably the same as you mention: Yukon Gold, German Butterball and Yellow Finn. No need for licenses.
From: rory_ca2 at yahoo.com (Rory)
Date: 14 Nov 2003 08:07:17 -0800

What's interesting about these potatoes is that they are part of an emerging trend to sell proprietary vegetables. It will work only if the marketers can satisfy people that they are selling a better product. In the case of Klondike Rose potatoes, the packaging does make that claim, and the potatoes are selling at something of a premium. I tried some last night, and to me they tasted like a red-skinned Yukon Gold. Nothing particularly unusual.