Orleans sweet spud could hit stores soon

08/29/2013 03:28:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Courtesy Mississippi Sweet Potato CouncilAbout 1,000 acres of the new orleans sweet potato variety have been planted, the Mississippi Sweet Potato Council says.Benny Graves, executive secretary of the Vardaman-based Mississippi Sweet Potato Council, says consumers should start to see the first significant amounts of a new sweet potato variety this year.

The new variety, orleans, has great eye appeal, according to Graves.

“This variety has great taste, good orange color and consistent smooth shape,” Graves said in an e-mail.

Right now, the acreage of the new variety is small, compared to the total sweet potato acreage, but it’s enough for some good exposure this year.

The production is still in the testing stages, but production is ramping up.

“We have about 1,000 acres of the sweet potato variety orleans planted,” Graves said.

That’s about 7% of the crop, Graves said.

About 25 growers are growing some acreage of orleans, he said.

Graves is excited about this year’s harvest.

“Harvest will be like Christmas as we unwrap this new variety and share it with the consumer,” he said.

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