Orleans sweet potato builds following among Louisiana growers

10/16/2013 02:22:00 PM
Jim Offner

The beauregard remains the chief variety at Iota, La.-based Garber Farms, but Garber grew 200 acres of orleans in 2010 and will expand on that this year, said Matt Garber, partner.

“We like the orleans so far. It’s very similar to the beauregard and has a better shape that gives us a better packout,” Garber said.

He said the orleans also has a “little bit brighter color inside,” which consumers like.

The company first got involved with the orleans four years ago, Garber said.

Rene Simon, executive director of the Baton Rouge-based Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, said the orleans has promising potential for the state’s industry.

“It has an overall yield equal to the beauregard, but the orleans outperforms it in the amount of No. 1 potatoes produced, thereby increasing the packout,” Simon said.

Growers are excited about the orleans, Simon said.

“They will be increasing its acreage again this year, but it is hard to leave the beauregard since it has been such a great variety.”

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