India: New antioxidant rich potato variety developed: Kufri Neelkanth
The Kufri Neelkanth is a new table purpose medium maturing specialty potato cultivar released for the North Indian plains. The tuber is rich in antioxidants and the average yield of the hybrid is 35-38 t/ha.
The tubers of the hybrid are dark purple black, ovoid in shape with medium deep eyes, cream flesh, good storability, medium dry matter (18%) and medium dormancy with excellent flavour. The tubers are easy to cook, free from after cooking discolouration and have mealy texture.
In India, mostly white or yellow skin potatoes are preferred, but red skin potatoes have been in demand in eastern India and are now being preferred in some pockets of North-Western and West-central plains as well.
The Kufri Neelkanth variety is suitable for cultivation in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttraakhand plains, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and similar agro-ecologies.