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Subject: Klondike Rose Proprietary Potatoes
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From: rory_ca2[at]yahoo.com (Rory)
Date: 13 Nov 2003 08:41:58 -0800
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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?

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From: Hecate100 
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 12:38:51 -0600
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Haven't tried them, but that kind of legal balderdash would make me almost
immediately plant a few in my back yard.  ;^)

Love & Laughter,
Nightshade

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From: Gloria Puester 
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 22:28:31 GMT
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Yu could always buy a bag (small investment) and let us know....

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From: Alan Zelt 
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 04:08:00 GMT
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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.

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From: rory_ca2[at]yahoo.com (Rory)
Date: 14 Nov 2003 08:07:17 -0800
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Alan,

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.


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