McDonald’s, one of the world’s biggest purveyors of French fries, has chosen two new potato varieties. Not only are these varieties more environmentally sustainable, they live up to the taste test.
The Russet Burbank has been the gold standard for many years, but is susceptible to disease and requires top-notch soil fertility and water. Researchers from the Tri-State Program – Washington, Oregon and Idaho – have successfully bred the Clearwater Russet and Blazer Russet. These are the first two varieties that McDonald’s have added since 2000. It’s a significant move because only seven varieties are listed as acceptable for making their renowned French fries.
Seed production is ramping up.