Saw this article and thought, maybe for your climate. It seems like this potato species, Solanum jamesii, was growing in Escalante Valley,Utah 11,000 years ago. It is well adapted to dry areas and has more protein, calcium and minerals than modern potatoes, Solanum tuberosum. Children were sent to dig it up in the wild during the Great Depression and today it is called the Four Corners potato.
Post by desertwoman on Dec 30, 2020 18:53:05 GMT -5
tom,It will all depend on what our water situation is like next season. We've been in extreme drought conditions the past 2 years which is why this bed has been fallow. But if precip improves and I expand my gardens again this coming year you will be the first to receive a report!
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
It will all depend on what our water situation is like next season.
One of the features of this potato is it does well during droughts. They did mention there was a certain bitterness that the native peoples removed by a process mentioned in the article. They also said it was quite tasty, but used the word earthy, which I am wary of. It might be possible for growers to breed this out (maybe some have already), but I wonder if it is related to the drought resistance.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.