Red Potato Recipes

Red Pontiac

Tubers are oblong to round with smooth, sometimes netted, red skin. It has medium deep eyes with white flesh. (1)

  • Origin & Breeding:color mutant of the Pontiac variety discovered in Florida by J.W. Weston. Pontiac was bred by theUSDAfrom (Katahdin x Bliss Triumph) and selected at the Potato Experimental Farm, Lake City, Michigan, in 1931.
  • Maturity:mid-season to late.


High yielding variety of attractive appearance, widely adapted (especially to muck soils). Some drought resistance, bruises easily; susceptible to air cracking at harvest. Low total solids. Good storability, medium dormancy.

  • Utilization:fair to good for boiling, baking, chipping and French frying depending on maturity.
  • Chief Market:one of the most popular red skinned variety world wide.


  • Plants:large, slightly spreading; stems thick, prominently angled; nodes slightly reddish purple; wings prominent and double.
  • Leaves:moderately open, medium to large, broadly ovate; midribs reddish purple at the attachment of the primary leaflets.
    Terminal leaflets: tip obtuse; base partially truncate.
    Primary leaflets: four pairs.
    Secondary leaflets: numerous, on the midrib between pairs of primary leaflets and at the junctions of the midrib and petiolules.
  • Flowers:large, light purple with white tips.
  • Tubers:oblong to round; smooth, sometimes netted, red skin; medium deep eyes; white flesh.
  • Sprouts:dark reddish purple.


Moderately resistant:black leg, tuber net necrosis.
Susceptible:PVA,PVX,PVY, leaf roll, common scab, fusarium dry rot, late blight, verticillium wilt. (2)



  1. ^ PAA, Pomme de Terre. Also known as Dakota Chief.
  2. ^ Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
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