Polaris Gold: An Attractive, Yellow-fleshed Tablestock Cultivar with Chipping Potential

Thomas R. Stefaniak, Jeffrey Miller, Colin R. Jones, Michael Miller, Muyideen Yusuf, Megan A. Harder, John C. Larsen, Cari A. Schmitz Carley, Darrin Haagenson, Asunta Thompson, Thomas E. Michaels, Christian Thill, Laura M. Shannon

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Polaris Gold is a late-maturing, yellow-fleshed, beige-yellow skinned cultivar with round tubers and an established reputation for culinary versatility and excellent flavor. Tuber size distribution favors large tubers when the crop is allowed to completely bulk, and small-to-medium tubers when harvested in an interval typical for specialty table-stock cultivars. The beige-yellow, almost transparent skin allows the bright yellow-flesh color to be seen on uncut tubers. Yields are lower than for Yukon Gold, an earlier-maturing, yellow, fresh-market potato cultivar, regarded as an industry standard. Seed growers and commercial producers have been planting Polaris Gold (evaluated as MN04844-07Y) since 2012. Anecdotal reports from consumers laud its versatility, describing it as being excellent for chips, home fries, lefse, kugelis, pan roasting, salads, and even mashing. Specific gravity was 1.070 over three locations. Polaris Gold will be released with the publication of this article, and Plant Variety Protection (PVP) will not be sought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Potato Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Kent Mason for providing us with seed and many anecdotal observations about the performance of Polaris Gold. Kent is, to the authors’ knowledge, the best living authority on this clone. Thank you to Good Acre, which hosted a tasting event with this variety, giving us further anecdata on its culinary potential. Andrew Cardinal hosted our organic trial at All Good Organics. The authors would like to thank all the members of the University of Minnesota potato breeding team past and present, including Spencer Bariball, Katelyn Filbrandt, Rachel Figueroa, John Larsen, Jessica Huege, Xiaoxi Meng, and Husain Agha.

Funding Information:
Polaris Gold is suitable for chipping. However, we believe it’s true market niche is in the fresh market. Letters of support for a funded grant to promote this clone have come from chefs, public school nutrition directors, farm to table program directors, as well as conventional and organic growers.

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© 2022, The Potato Association of America.


  • Fresh Market
  • Potato
  • Specialty Crop


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