We have a wide range of varieties suitable for growing in different climatic zones. The five most common varieties of Farm Frites worldwide cultivation, we have put together a list below.
From left to right: Russet Burbank, Innovator, Santana, Fontane, Agria.
The white fleshy-colored Russet Burbank is highly suitable for processing, with a good color when cooked and a good length for fries. Like the Innovator, the Russet Burbank is used for high-quality fries, in particular 7mm, or fast food, fries. The Russet Burbank is the most popular fast food variety in the world. Farm Frites processes this variety in Poland, Argentina and China.
The Russet Burbank variety requires a long growing season (140 days). It is also sensitive to stress, so that it is important to irrigate the plant during the growing season. With a balanced irrigation and fertilization programme, the Russet Burbank can produce a high, top quality yield.
The Innovator is a potato with a creamy fleshy color that is extremely useful for processing. It has a good color when cooked and produces good-sized fries. Innovator potatoes are used for high quality fries, in particular the 7mm, or fast food, fries. The Innovator is Farm Frites’ main fast food variety. The potatoes are big and long, ideal for producing large volumes of fries. The Innovator grows well in light clay soils; in a lighter sandy soil it requires irrigation. The Innovator is a mid-early variety; it requires just 110 days to grow and can therefore be harvested early.
The Santana potato is also highly suitable for processing, for example due to its color when cooked and the length and structure of the fries. It is also excellent for producing high quality fries, and it is therefore no wonder that this variety is also used to make 7mm, or fast food fries.
The Santana grows very well in regions where it can be grown during the winter, such as Egypt, which has the perfect climate and is therefore the country in which Farm Frites grows this variety. The Santana has a cream to pale yellow fleshy color. It is a mid-to-late variety, requiring about 120 growing days before harvesting.
The Fontane is a true all-rounder and is used in various products, from chilled fries to frozen products. The variety cooks well and can therefore be used in many different products. The Fontane potato is oval-shaped with pale yellow flesh and is grown mainly in sandy soil, where it has a good yield.
Because it cooks so well and is easy to process, the Fontane is the most popular variety at Farm Frites. The Fontane is a medium-late variety and therefore requires less growing time (120 days). Fontane potatoes are therefore harvested earlier than the Agria.
The Agria is a long, attractive potato that cooks well and, most importantly, has a yellow flesh. This is a good combination, for which there is much demand in Western Europe in particular. The Agria potato guarantees attractive, tasty, golden fries and is therefore perfect for producing chilled fries.
Agria potatoes are mainly grown in clay in the south-west of the Netherlands, which also means that they can be stored for a longer time. Although a small proportion is grown in sand, these cannot be stored as long and so are processed immediately in the factory. The Agria is a late variety, which means that it has a long growing season (140 days) and is harvested late.