Czech Potato Research Institute cultivates new blue potato variety
The Potato Research Institute, based in the town of Havlíčkův Brod, has announced that it has managed to cultivate a new potato variety, known as “Val Blue” which is characterised by a striking blue-purple colour.
Dr. Jaroslava Domkářová is a geneticist at the Potato Research Institute. She explained the significance of coloured potatoes such as the Valfi and Val Blue:
“Blue potatoes contain higher amounts of anthocyanin pigments, and that means they have about 20-30 percent higher levels of antioxidants than potatoes with a yellow or white flesh…the Val Blue variety, which we registered this year, is in part an offspring of the first Valfi potato variety from 2005.”
The process of creating new potato varieties is one of the missions of the Potato Research Institute. The Institution specialises in potato-related genetic cultivation, research and studies, and also offers advice to fellow potato growers. But, noted Domkářová, creating a potato like the Val Blue is far from an easy process:
The Institute will now grow a small crop of the Val Blue at its own facilities, gradually cultivating greater amounts of the potato, which will then be made commercially available to other growers.