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Solanum tuberosum 'Kestrel'
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common name: Potato 'Kestrel'
poisonous or irritant
moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
Second Early variety, producing long oval, white-skinned tubers with violet-purple eyes. Good flavour and disease resistant.
Most fertile, well cultivated soils but dislikes very wet or heavy clay soil. Prefers a slightly acid rich soil with plenty of organic matter, the tubers can be subject to scab on limy, sandy or gravely soils or those deficient in humus. Likes a sunny position.
Good disease and pest resistance.
Culinary vegetable. Good for all-round use, excellent for chips and roasting.
Raised in Scotland, 1970, by J.Dunnett, Caithness
All the green parts of the plant, even green parts of exposed tubers, are poisonous, containing a toxic alkaloid called solanine.