03 September 2019 | News
The tubers are easy to cook, free from after cooking discolouration and have mealy texture
ICAR- Central Potato Research Institute in Shimla has developed a new antioxidant rich potato variety.
Kufri Neelkanth is a new table purpose medium maturing specialty potato cultivar released for North Indian plains. It is rich in antioxidants (anthocyanins > 100µg/100g fresh wt. & carotenoids~200 µg/100g fresh wt.) 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.
Potatoes are often misconceived as carbohydrate rich junk food, inferior food therefore, enrichment of potatoes by bio-fortification with antioxidants as in this case shall certainly establish its nutritional significance and popularity among the consumers.