Kennebec potato: characteristics, uses and cultivation

Kennebec potato

Potato kennebec

There are thousands of species of potatoes around the world, but one of the most famous and used varieties is the Kennebec potato. It is a type of potato species that is quite versatile when it comes to use. It has a large size and rapid growth that generates great benefits in its cultivation. Its flavor is very intense and pleasant and can be used for various uses.

In this article we are going to tell you about the characteristics, cultivation and properties of the Kennebec potato.

Key features

It is a type of potato with an oval shape and that has a large size. The skin is very fine and has a slightly mottled appearance. Its color is yellowish on the outside and white on the pulp. What I like about this potato is that it has a fairly strong and intense flavor. The variety of this flavor and its main characteristic will depend on the type of acidity that the earth has. Many people remember the flavor of this potato to that of walnut.

It can be a bit rough to the touch and very starchy. This makes it a potato with a lot of consistency and little amount of water. It is considered of semi-early types and this makes it have some positive characteristics compared to other potatoes. The characteristic for which it stands out when it comes to cultivating is the speed it has when it comes to growing. This favors when generating a large amount of benefits in the harvests. Unlike other potatoes that are young Kennebec potato can be easily stored for quite a long time.

Its considerably large size means that too many specimens are not needed for cooking and this avoids peeling so many potatoes. One of the things to keep in mind in restaurants that use homemade potatoes is that they have to be peeled and cut before frying. Larger potatoes will be easier to peel and will need to be peeled much less.

The Kennebec potato is one of the most commercialized and it has some other names such as Galician potato or cachelo. Cachelo means potato in Galician. Many people think that this potato could be fashionable.

In order to use this potato we must keep it in good condition. It is important to have correct storage if we want all its characteristics to be kept in good condition. Poor storage of these tubers could cause the potato to become toxic. The first thing is to keep it away from any type of light to prevent solanine from being generated. Solanine is the substance that causes potatoes to have these green colors and makes them regrow.

Surely we have ever stored potatoes where it can give them some light and we have seen that the sprouts grow faster. To avoid this we only need to place it in a place where there is no light. Another important aspect to take into account when it is stored is humidity. The place should not only have no light but also be a dry environment. The most common thing is to store the potatoes in a cupboard in the kitchen or in a pantry. If the place has enough humidity, the potato will be poorly stored and its properties will be lost. This potato could become toxic and no longer consumable.

Among the main uses we have of the Kennebec potato stands out when frying. It can be used for a ripped and unstitched since it is totally versatile. However, it is more used for frying. It’s one of the great-behaving kicks that doesn’t have as high an oil absorption rate as other varieties. This makes the potatoes not very long ago and things.

When it comes to boiling it also has a great advantage. This is due to the fact that it is such a compact and not very aqueous species, and it boils evenly and quickly. Also, you can see that it maintains shape and color.

The name Kennebec potato arose in a non-delimited region of the United States. It is here that a tribe with the same name existed. Since the potato has developed in this region through hybridization, it stuck with the name Kennebec potato.

Growing the Kennebec potato

Although it is a potato with a fast growth and some advantages, we must take into account some basic care. To have a satisfactory harvest, you have to know when to plant, where to plant, what type of soil and how to propagate it correctly. We are going to analyze all of it here.

The first thing is to know the time when it is optimal for planting. The best would be in early or mid springAlthough it can actually be planted at any time of the year. Depending on the time of year where we base them, we will have better results or not. We see it throughout the year due to market demands and high demand. However, if you are going to grow it in your home garden, it is best to wait until early or mid-spring.

You have to choose a place outside with a wide area and place them with an optimal formation by rows. In this way we will have an advantage both to work the land and so that the potatoes themselves have enough space to develop. It is advisable to leave a meter between the rows and 50 centimeters between crops. The soil must be rich in organic matter and the substrate is settled. It is a variety of potato that greatly affects the pH of the soil. The more acidic the soil, the better it tastes.

The propagation of this potato can be done through the harvest. As soon as we remove the adult specimens, the following ones can be planted. In this way I do not image so that the tubers are spoiled. If you are going to let the soil rest for a while or want to wait to plant at an ideal time, it is best to do it through seeds.

The harvest has to be given at the time of flowering, which is when the tuber is most developed. If you want to harvest it correctly, we must uproot the plant and remove the soil to reveal the harvest.

I hope that with this information you can learn more about the Kennebec potato.

Kennebec potato: characteristics, uses and cultivation

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